Trump lawyer denies president is a probe target

Fox News anchor Chris Wallace interviewing Jay Sekulow.   Fox News

Trump's tweet was posted more than a day after a Washington Post story reported that "Five people briefed on the interview requests, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly", confirmed that Special Counsel Robert Mueller, appointed to look into allegations that members of the Trump administration colluded with Russian Federation to interfere with the election, was investigating whether or not Trump had sought to obstruct justice.

I'm under no illusion that many Republican House and Senate members have any affection for, or loyalty to, Trump.

The president, who is spending his first weekend at the presidential Camp David retreat in Maryland, tweeted Sunday morning that his "agenda is doing very well despite the distraction of the Witch Hunt".

Rosenstein finds himself in a spot as he could face the President anger or answer questions about his own future role supervising Mueller when he could become a witness in the special counsel's probe. "The tweet from the president was in response to the five anonymous sources purportedly leaking info to the Washington Post", he said.

"There's a limitation on Twitter, as we all know", Sekulow said on CNN. "The president's response was as it related to The Washington Post report".

Trump's statements on Twitter are a sign of his frustration with the Russian Federation allegations, said former Republican Speaker Newt Gingrich, on ABC's "This Week".

Earlier, Rosenstein had authored an extensive and publicly-released memorandum recommending former FBI-chief James Comey's firing.

Lieu's comments come after Trump and his allies against Mueller's character and possible conflicts of interest in an attempt to discredit him and his investigation.

Trump has hinted that he may have taped conversations with Comey - in which the ex-FBI chief says the president pressured him for his loyalty and on the Russian Federation investigation while also urging him to drop a probe into former national security advisor Michael Flynn.

Asked about the possibility that an investigation has since developed and the president just does not know, Sekulow said: "I can't read people's minds, but I can tell you this, we have not been notified that there's an investigation to the president of the United States".

The top Democrat on the House intelligence committee says the panel is looking forward to getting a response from the White House this week as to whether President Donald Trump has tapes of private conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey.

All this probing of President Trump and his family seems more of a persecution than anything else.

He was apparently referring to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who wrote a memo to denounce Comey and subsequently appointed Mueller (pictured below) to continue the probe. "If Mueller thinks there is evidence that obstruction occurred, Mueller's job is to investigate".

Sekulow pointed to testimony Comey gave to the Senate Intelligence Committee, in which he declared that there was no investigation of Trump under way when he was sacked.

The president has directed some of his frustration at Rosenstein and Mueller. Sen. "And as far as that goes, I'd say we're 20 percent into it", he said. King said the "collusion, the cooperation aspect of the investigation is not over". But legal analysts say few criminal investigations begin with an identified target. Angus King, an independent from ME, stressed that the probe will likely last for a long time. That habit is hurting him in Washington, where even if the president has the legal power to command and dismiss Federal Bureau of Investigation directors and deputy attorney generals, he can not do so without political repercussions.



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