Trump attorney says president not under investigation

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".

Comey told lawmakers earlier this month that Trump in recent months had asked for his personal loyalty, urged him to drop the investigation of the contacts the president's first national security adviser, Michael Flynn, had with Russia's ambassador to Washington, and to "lift the cloud" of the Russian Federation investigation, none of which he acceded to. "But the president, as James Comey said in his testimony and as we know as of today, the president has not been and is not under investigation".

"The tweet from the president was in response to the five anonymous sources purportedly leaking info to The Washington Post", Sekulow told NBC television s "Meet the Press". "We've had no indication of that". "So that's the constitutional threshold question here", Sekulow said.

Sekulow explained the president's tweet that appeared to acknowledge he was under investigation from the special counsel.

Saturday on Fox News Channel's "Justice", former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich called for special counsel Robert Mueller to "recuse himself" from the Russian collusion investigation because of his close relationship with former FBI Director Jim Comey.

At the same time, the lawyer blamed the firing of FBI Director James Comey on several events, including the recommendations from Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

A United States official who is familiar with the rough outlines of the probe and who spoke on condition of anonymity told Reuters on Thursday that Mueller was also examining whether Trump or others tried to interfere with the investigation. "That s it. Simple explanation", Sekulow told CNN s "State of the Union".

The investigation has taken a serious turn in recent days, raising the clear possibility that whether Mueller finds wrongdoing or not, a period of political stress and upheaval is inevitable.

Trump has not backed down from removing Mueller from the investigation, The New York Daily News reported.

The Justice Department has said Muller's work at the firm does not disqualify him from leading the investigation.

Cohen said the first official communication that a target is under investigation typically comes when prosecutors begin requesting documents and other evidence. The department said last month that under professional responsibility rules, Mueller may participate in matters involving his former firm's clients as long as he wasn't involved in representing them and has no confidential information about them.

Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, defended Mueller and his team, noting that lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have praised his appointment.

The lawyer also suggested Twitter s character limit may be partly to blame.

Schiff says if the panel can't get an answer then he believes a subpoena will be needed.

And Senate intelligence committee member Sen.

Sekulow has publicly criticised Comey, whom Trump fired. King said the "collusion, the cooperation aspect of the investigation is not over".

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