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Trump lawyer says President isn't under investigation, despite tweets

19 Junio 2017, 08:01 | Crisanna Felipe

President Donald Trump has acknowledged that he is under investigation in a probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 USA presidential race and possible collusion by his campaign - and appeared to assail the Justice Department official overseeing the inquiry.

"With all due respect, the president said "I am being investigated" in a tweet, and people take his word on that", Tapper said.

The president expressed annoyance about news reports that the probe is now believed to include an examination of whether he obstructed justice by firing FBI Director James Comey, who had earlier led the Russian Federation investigation. Mueller also has expansive powers to investigate any matters that develop from his initial investigation.

A member of Donald Trump's legal team has denied the United States president's own assertion that he is under investigation for obstruction of justice.

TODD: The president said to Lester Holt that he had already made the decision to fire James Comey.

The president has directed some of his frustration at Rosenstein and Mueller. Rep. (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, that Congress would "unite to stop [Trump] if he tried to fire the two men".

Comey told a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing last week Trump spoke to him privately on several occasions and insinuated he wanted the Flynn investigation dropped.

If Rosenstein recuses himself from oversight of the special counsel investigation, that role would fall to the Justice Department's No. 3 official, newly confirmed Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand.

He told "Meet the Press" host Chuck Todd, "I think you're reading more to the tweet than what's there".

Trump disputes the investigation as a "witch hunt" on Twitter, as he did both Thursday and Friday, and he does the same thing in private conversations, associates told Politico.

The Democratic congressman's comment came as a key Democrat in the Senate, Dianne Feinstein offered her own concerns stemming from Trump's tweets. An official of Trump's transition confirmed the lawyer's internal order, which was sent Thursday.

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

He also has millions of followers on his official Facebook pages. The White House used the memo to justify Comey's firing. Over the weekend, a Trump lawyer publicly refused to rule out that possibility, stressing that the president has the necessary authority.

The memo from the transition's general counsel directs all staffers and volunteers who worked on the Trump transition to "preserve any written documents.as well as any electronic information" related to Russia, Ukraine and any foreign travel by Trump transition members. The transition, a nonprofit structurally separate from the Trump campaign, continues to operate with a small staff.

Challenged on "Fox News Sunday" about the issue, Sekulow said he could not be certain Trump was not under investigation but that no one had notified the legal team if that was the case. Todd asked. "Was the reason having to do with his handling of the Russian Federation investigation, or was it having to do with his handling of the Clinton email investigation?

I can go around them", Trump tweeted.

Yet Trump's angry tweets on Friday underscored the near-impossible challenge his advisers and legal team have in trying to get him to avoid weighing in on an active probe.



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