President Donald Trump listens during a news conference with Romania's President Klaus Werner Iohannis in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, Friday, June 9, 2017. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

PRESIDENT Donald Trump’s
personal lawyer said on
Sunday that Trump is not under
investigation in the probe into
alleged Russian meddling in
the 2016 U.S. presidential race,
a statement that appeared to
contradict a comment Trump
himself made on Twitter last
week.
“The fact of the matter is the
president has not been and is not
under investigation,” said Jay
Sekulow, a lawyer who is part of a
team hired by Trump to deal with
allegations of collusion by his
campaign with Moscow, on CBS’
“Face the Nation.”
Sekulow added that the
president has not received any
notification that he is being
investigated. The CBS appearance
was one of four talk show
interviews Sekulow gave on
Sunday.
On Friday, Trump had tweeted:
“I am being investigated for firing
the FBI Director by the man who
told me to fire the FBI Director!
Witch Hunt.”
Robert Mueller, the special
counsel named by the Justice
Department to probe the Russia matter, is investigating whether
anyone associated with Trump
or his campaign had any illegal
dealings with Russian officials or
others with ties to the Kremlin.
A U.S. 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.
Trump has frequently lashed
out about the Russia allegations,
which have overshadowed
his administration’s efforts to
overhaul the healthcare system,
cut taxes and boost jobs.
Trump has denied any collusion
between his campaign and Russia.
Russian officials have denied
meddling in the U.S. election.
Sekulow said that Trump, in his
tweet, was reacting to a story in
the Washington Post, which was
the first to report that Mueller
was examining whether Trump
had tried to obstruct the probe by
firing FBI director James Comey
in May.
On “Fox News Sunday,”
Sekulow said that he was certain the president was not under
investigation because he had
received no notification or other
indication that he was.
Pressed on the issue by
host Chris Wallace, Sekulow
acknowledged that he couldn’t
be certain. “I cannot read the
mind of the special prosecutor,”
Sekulow said.
“No one has notified us that he
is” under investigation, Sekulow
said.
Trump’s statements on Twitter
are a sign of his frustration with
the Russia allegations, said
former Republican Speaker Newt
Gingrich, on ABC’s “This Week.”
“Trump has a compulsion
to counterattack and is very
pugnacious. I don’t think it serves
him well. I don’t think that tweet
helped him,” Gingrich said.
Gingrich said he had lost
confidence in Mueller because
he is a friend of Comey, and said
too many members of Mueller’s
investigative team have ties to
Democrats.
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.
Schiff said Trump, his legal
team and his supporters
were trying to discredit
the special counsel and his
investigation.
“They want to lay the
foundation to discredit
whatever Bob Mueller comes
up with. They are essentially
engaging in a scorched earth
litigation strategy that is
beginning with trying to
discredit the prosecutor,”
Schiff said on ABC.

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