Trump lawyer denies president is a probe target

Patrice Gainsbourg
Junho 20, 2017

But Jay Sekulow, part of Trump s legal team, said the president was writing about reports of an investigation, not an actual probe.

Trump had tweeted: "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!"

US President Donald Trump has defended his record in a series of tweets which also lash out at the investigation into Russian interference in the election. The source said investigators have sought information from Richard Ledgett, who recently retired as deputy NSA director and, the source said, had written a memo documenting an attempt from Trump urging Rogers to tamp down on the FBI's Russian Federation investigation.

Fervent Trump supporter: The Washington Post's Derek Hawkins writes, "Using language popular on the political far right, he has warned repeatedly of a "deep state bureaucracy" out to sabotage the presidency and a "shadow government" led by none other than former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James B. Comey, fired last month by Trump".

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. The White House used a memo he wrote to justify Trump's decision to fire Comey, but Trump's firing of the Federal Bureau of Investigation director may now be part of the probe.

He said, however, that Sekulow's comments could mean the White House was taking the position that no investigation exists until Mueller's team officially confirms it, disregarding media reports based on anonymous sourcing.

Meanwhile, Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser, Jared Kushner, may be getting new legal representation as the investigation heats up.

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"Brian, we're friends, and I'm not going to discuss legal advice I have given to my client, the president of the United States", Sekulow responded.

Kathryn Ruemmler, who served as White House counsel under President Obama, said Weissmann was willing to take risks to secure witness testimony that other prosecutors might not.

Trump also reportedly asked Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and CIA Director Mike Pompeo to intercede with Comey on the Flynn case, then later asked Coats and National Security Agency chief Mike Rogers to state publicly that Trump was not personally under investigation. Schiff said if the panel can't get an answer then he believes a subpoena will be needed. If there is an investigation of the circumstances of Comey's firing, and the Deputy Attorney General (who is serving as Acting AG for the investigation due to Jeff Sessions' recusal) was instrumental in the firing, that sure looks like a conflict, Turley says.

Still, Republicans like Senate Intelligence Committee member Marco Rubio, support ongoing probes.

Fellow panellist Angus King, an independent who caucuses with the Democrats, estimated that investigators are just 20 percent into their probe, which could last for months. "There is no investigation", he added.

While aides have advised Trump to stay off Twitter, the president continued to weigh in Sunday as he spent the weekend at Camp David, the government-owned presidential retreat in Maryland.

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