Trump attorney says president not under investigation

U.S. President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks on

The order by the general counsel for his transition team casts a wide net on documents that could shed light on ties between Trump's presidential campaign and representatives of Russia's government.

From the tweet, it sounds like Trump is blaming Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein.

Jay Sekulow, a conservative activist and attorney for President Donald Trump, insisted on Sunday that the president was not under investigation for obstruction of justice even though Trump has said otherwise on Twitter. If Rosenstein was delivering a message from Trump, it wouldn't be the first time he'd helped carry out the president's agenda: in May, he wrote a memo giving Trump cover to fire Comey.

Rosenstein took charge of the investigation in March after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself under pressure over his own contacts with Russian officials.

We do know, it's Rosenstein who appointed Bob Mueller as Special Counsel.

Mr Mueller is overseeing an Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry into Russia's alleged meddling the 2016 U.S. election and any Trump links to it. The inquiries have yet to show evidence of collusion.

United States intelligence agencies concluded in January that Russian Federation interfered in the presidential race to try to help Mr Trump win, in part by hacking and releasing emails damaging to his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton.

Rep. Adam Schiff says he wants the White House to acknowledge the tapes or make clear there are no tapes and "it was an idle threat". The White House used a memo he wrote to justify Trump's decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, but Trump's firing of Comey may now be part of the probe.

The US president has denied trying to influence the investigation, but has acknowledged in an interview that Russian Federation was on his mind when he dismissed Comey. That narrative, however, was quickly undermined when Trump himself said that he had already planned to fire Comey, adding that he was thinking of the FBI investigation into allegations of collusion between Trump's campaign and Russian Federation when he made the decision to do so.

The Washington Post story cited five officials who had been briefed on interview requests from special counsel Robert Mueller with three top intelligence officials to see if Trump had attempted to obstruct justice.

"He's highly respected, very good guy, very smart guy", Mr. Trump said in April about Rosenstein.

Pence's office confirmed he had retained Richard Cullen, a former Virginia attorney general and US attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, to assist "in responding to inquiries" from Mueller.

The Washington Post on Wednesday reported that Mueller is investigating the Republican president for possible obstruction of justice.

The special counsel is looking for evidence to support claims that Trump's associates illegally colluded with Moscow during the president's victorious run for the White House a year ago.

A Trump confidant said this week the president had considered firing Mueller.

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