Trump attorney says president not under investigation

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On Sunday, however, Jay Sekulow, one of Trump's lawyers, insisted that the president's statement did not amount to an acknowledgment that he was under investigation.

Jay Sekulow, an attorney on Trump's legal team who was reportedly hired by the White House to push back against special counsel Robert Mueller, will be appearing on almost every Sunday show this week.

The Washington Post story cited five officials who had been briefed on interview requests from special counsel Robert Mueller with three top intelligence officials to see if Trump had attempted to obstruct justice.

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace grilled an attorney for President Donald Trump over the Russian Federation investigation and the president's seeming acknowledgement that he was under investigation for potential obstruction of justice by firing former FBI Director James Comey.

In a two-part tweet posted before 7 a.m. Sunday, Trump wrote: "The MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN agenda is doing very well despite the distraction of the Witch Hunt".

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Barak Cohen, a former Justice Department lawyer and now a defence attorney specialising in white-collar crime and investigations, said there was no requirement that the special counsel notify Trump he was under investigation, so the lack of such notice meant nothing. Speaking to a perplexed Jake Tapper on CNN, Sekulow said the president was responding to a Washington Post story and was not being investigated.

"He's not afraid of the investigation - there is no investigation. there is not an investigation of the president of the United States, period".

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"Witch hunt" has become Trump's preferred phrase to dismiss the probe into Russian election interference.

Sekulow then blamed Twitter's 140 characters per tweet limit (which he identified incorrectly as 141 characters) for not allowing Trump to be more clear, although the president has tweeted multi-part statements before. "Many new jobs, high business enthusiasm".

"Let me be clear here, the president is not and has not been under investigation for obstruction".

"Why does the president seem, act as if he is so concerned about this investigation if he did nothing wrong?"

The source familiar with the Mueller probe told reporters that Mr Mueller was also examining whether Mr Trump or others tried to interfere with the investigation. Marco Rubio said Sunday that he does not expect Trump to seek to fire them.

Angus King, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, estimated that investigators are just 20 percent into their probe, which could last for months. "And he's expressing himself in that way", Rubio said on "Meet the Press".

After forgoing Camp David for his private estates, President Donald Trump is checking out the government-owned retreat in the Maryland mountains.

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