In spite of tweet, lawyer says Trump not under investigation

"If the president thinks he can fire Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein and replace him with someone who will shut down the investigation, he's in for a rude awakening", Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Friday in a statement.

In a heated interview with Fox News anchor Chris Wallace, Jay Sekulow, a member of President Donald Trump's personal legal team, repeatedly insisted that the president is not under investigation by the special counsel overseeing the federal Russian Federation probe, contradicting a Washington Post report and Trump's own tweet declaring that he is a subject of the inquiry.

Sen. Marco Rubio says it's best for the country to let the FBI's investigation into Russian Federation meddling in the 2016 presidential election take its course, and the Florida Republican tells CNN's "State of the Union" that's what he'd advise President Donald Trump.

Trump would later fire Comey, saying at first that he had done so on the recommendation of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, but later admitted that he had chose to fire Comey prior to hearing from the Justice Department and that he had done so because of his frustration about the Russian Federation investigation.

Sekulow, chief counsel for the American Center for Law and Justice, said the president was only referring to a news report.

One of Donald Trump's personal attorneys categorically denied that the President is under investigation for obstruction of justice, despite Twitter posts in which Trump apparently acknowledges it.

If Trump's answer is a signal that no such recordings exist, despite the intrigue created around the prospect of recorded conversations, Trump is unlikely to face legal or political consequences for dragging out the matter, GOP strategist Ford O'Connell said.

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

The lawyer, Jay Sekulow, contended the tweet was not a confirmation of the investigation, but instead a response to a report in The Washington Post.

In his Sunday morning television appearances, Sekulow said Trump fired Comey over performance issues. "No", Sekulow said, "The context of the tweet, I just gave you the legal theory, Chris, of how the Constitution works".

First we had collusion allegations, then obstruction allegations and now reportedly financial crimes allegedly committed by multiple individuals, including Jared Kushner.

In an interview with BuzzFeed News, editor-in-chief Ben Smith asked Wittes why he chose to begin sharing details of his private conversations with Comey with the media.

On Sunday, one of the president's lawyers refuted that.

The committee sent a bipartisan letter this month to White House counsel Don McGahn seeking an answer by this Friday. "There's a lot of information yet to go".

Sekulow added Trump's tweet were in reaction to a story published in the Washington Post, claiming that the president and his administration was being examined by Mueller.

US President Donald Trump walks to the White House in Washington, US following his arrival from Camp David June 18, 2017. Rubio spoke on NBC, CNN and CBS.

"Bob Mueller's investigation is only getting started", said Schiff.



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