Lawyer says Trump not under investigation

Trump lawyer says President isn't under investigation despite tweets

A member of the president's outside legal team said Sunday that Donald Trump is not under investigation, days after Trump tweeted about being the target of a "witch hunt".

Jay Sekulow, a lawyer who is part of a team hired by Trump to deal with allegations of collusion by his campaign with Moscow, appeared to contradict Trump's statement on Twitter on Friday [Saturday NZ Time] that he was being investigated for firing his Federal Bureau of Investigation director last month.

When Wallace said Sekulow did not appear to know whether Trump is under investigation for obstruction of justice, Sekulow sarcastically suggested that he had not been informed that special prosecutor Robert Mueller was investigating the president.

"We are 20 percent into it", King said answering the question on how far the investigation has progressed.

"The tweet from the president was in response to the five anonymous sources purportedly leaking info to the Washington Post", he said.

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"Sir, you've just said two times that he's being investigated", Wallace said. Mueller was later appointed as special counselor. Todd said. "If this investigation is going to find - and he knows he did nothing wrong, then he shouldn't be afraid of this investigation". He also cited the testimony from former FBI Director James Comey before the Senate intelligence committee, in which Comey said he had told Trump he was not under investigation in the months leading up to his May 9 firing.

CNN's Jake Tapper similarly pressed Sekulow on Sunday, noting the president's apparent confirmation of the investigation.

President Donald Trump is beginning his day with a stream of tweets defending his record and lashing out at the investigation into Russian interference in the election. He said Trump had learned the effectiveness of social media as a communications tool during the campaign. "But he's not yet made that momentous decision to go for a full-scale investigation".

"When he met with his attorney general, when he met with his deputy attorney general, and reviewed their recommendations of what they thought the appropriate course of action should be, both were convinced, with as I said, a long and very persuasive document, that James Comey should be removed", Sekulow said.

Senator Marco Rubio, who lost the Republican primary election to Trump, called for a "full and credible investigation". "You're saying that the president, when he said that, was not accurate".

"The Senate rules are not conducive to that sort of action and so again, I think that we need to all kind of stop here and understand no matter what that group works on and produces, it's only a starting position", he told CNN.

"It was 141 characters".

Sekulow said his legal team had not received notice of any such probe into Trump.

This article has been updated with comments by Sekulow on CBS's "Face the Nation".

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