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Trump attorney says President not under investigation

19 Junio 2017, 09:45 | Martinez Canez

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Trump adviser Roger Stone seen here talking to CNN in 2015. Stone advised President Trump to fire Robert Mueller head of the special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election as well as Rod Rosenstein the deputy attorney

The denial Sunday by Jay Sekulow, one of several personal lawyers Trump has hired to represent him in the Russian Federation case, is the latest of many examples in which the president's aides and lawyers have scrambled to avert a public-relations mess created by Trump's tweets, off-script remarks or leaked private conversations.

Asked on Fox News about reports that Trump may consider removing Rosenstein and maybe Mueller from their posts, Sekulow said, "I've heard nothing about that at all".

Speaking to a bemused Jake Tapper on CNN, Sekulow said the president was responding to a Washington Post story from Wednesday which reported, citing five anonymous officials, that Special Counsel Robert Mueller had expanded his Russian Federation investigation to examine whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice.

Trump ally Newt Gingrich said Sunday that he began to grow skeptical of Mueller after fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey testified that he had leaked details about his conversations with the president in order to prompt the appointment of a special counsel.

Trump at first attributed Comey's firing to a recommendation by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for his handling of an investigation previous year into the use of a private email server by Trump's defeated challenger, Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Or perhaps it's better to say, Trump's lawyers (or his TV lawyer, legal activist Jay Sekulow) are having this discussion since no one else seems to have any question that he is.

One of Donald Trump's lawyers insisted Sunday that the president was not under criminal investigation as part of the sweeping probe into Russia's alleged meddling in American elections, despite the United States leader's tweets angrily calling the whole saga a "distraction". "And the president has a very effective utilization of social media". He said he had only been discussing the constitutional problem posed if the president were being investigated. But the president's opinions of the various ongoing investigations aside, it would appear that a majority of Americans believe he broke the law with regard to FBI investigation into his administration's involvement with Russian operatives and the allegations that Russia orchestrated a concerted effort, possibly with collusion with Trump officials, to sway the outcome of the election. His comment came after a friend of President Trump's, Newmax CEO Chris Ruddy, said Monday that the president is considering firing the special counsel.

Democratic Rep. Ted Lieu said late Friday that if Trump does, in fact, fire Mueller and Rosenstein, Congress will quickly come together to begin impeachment proceedings. "The President's response was as it related to the Washington Post report". "So here's what you have", Sekulow said. "No confusion. The president is not under investigation", Sekulow told Tapper.

Not so, says one of his attorneys, who appeared on Sunday's episode of State of the Union. He then stated again that Trump was not being investigated.

Trump said he was being investigated by the man who, in the first place, told him to fire James Comey. Comey said he believed Trump's advice to be a direction and thus felt uncomfortable by it. Claims also arose that Trump asked the director of the National Security Agency to declare that he was not under investigation and asked the Director of National Intelligence to tell Comey to back off the Flynn investigation. But then Senate Intelligence Committee Chairman Richard Burr, R-N.C., chose to do his job and hold open hearings.

Taking to Twitter on Sunday while spending the weekend at the Camp David presidential retreat, Trump again referenced the "distraction of the Witch Hunt".



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