Andrew Harnik/ AP Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, left, and White House Senior citizen Consultant Jared Kushner listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a Cabinet meeting, Monday, June 12, 2017, in the Cabinet Room of the White Home in Washington.
Sunday, June 18, 2017|4 p.m.
WASHINGTON– A member of the president’s outdoors legal group said Sunday that Donald Trump is not under federal examination, days after Trump appeared to confirm he was with a tweet about being the target of a “witch hunt.”
Appearing on a series of morning news programs, lawyer Jay Sekulow consistently stressed that “the president has not been and is not under investigation.” He stated a Friday tweet from Trump was specifically directed at a story in The Washington Post about the broadening probe into Russia’s election meddling.
As proof, Sekulow stated that Trump has not been informed of any investigation. He likewise mentioned the testimony from former FBI Director James Comey before the Senate intelligence committee, in which Comey stated he had informed Trump he was not under examination in the months preceeding his May 9 shooting.
Inquired about the possibility that an examination has actually considering that established and the president just does unknown, Sekulow said: “I can’t read people’s minds, however I can tell you this, we have not been alerted that there’s an examination to the president of the United States. So that– absolutely nothing has altered in that regard considering that James Comey’s testimony.”
The Post reported last week that Robert Mueller– the special counsel designated to investigate Russian involvement in the 2016 presidential election– was checking out whether Trump obstructed justice. Mueller was selected by Deputy Attorney general of the United States Rod Rosenstein and has extensive powers to probe any matters that develop from his initial investigation.
The president composed on Twitter Friday: “I am being investigated for shooting the FBI Director by the guy who informed me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt.”
“Witch hunt” has ended up being Trump’s favored expression to dismiss the probe into Russian election interference. The message apparently referred to Rosenstein, whose role leading the federal examination has actually ended up being increasingly made complex. The White House used a memo he wrote to justify Trump’s choice to fire Comey, but Trump’s firing of the FBI director may now become part of the probe.
The president has actually denied that he has any nefarious ties to Russia and has likewise contested that he’s tried to obstruct the investigation into his project’s possible role in Russia’s election-related hacking.
The president has directed a few of his disappointment at Rosenstein and Mueller. Sen. Marco Rubio stated Sunday that he does not anticipate Trump to seek to fire them.
“I don’t believe it’s going to take place,” stated Rubio on CNN’s “State of the Union.” “The best thing that could take place for the president, and the country, is a full and trustworthy examination.”
Trump is under pressure to reveal whether he has any tape recordings of private discussions with Comey. Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the Home intelligence committee, stated that the panel– overseeing among several congressional examinations– is looking forward to getting an action from the White House on whether recordings exist.
The president suggested on Twitter that he might have taped those conversations. Schiff said he desires the White House to acknowledge the tapes or make clear there are no tapes and “it was an idle threat.”
The committee sent out a bipartisan letter this month to White House counsel Don McGahn looking for a response by this Friday. It also sent out a letter to Comey asking for any notes or memos. Schiff stated if the panel can’t get a response then he believes a subpoena will be required.
Schiff also said he believes recent congressional testimony from Comey and Chief law officer Jeff Sessions points to indications of possible blockage by Trump that warrant further investigation. Schiff cited that the president at one meeting “cleared the space” of advisors and asked to speak with Comey alone. Comey testified to Congress that Trump then asked him to back off the examination into his fired nationwide security consultant, Michael Flynn.
“That signifies this president knew all too well that it was improper,” Schiff stated.
And Senate intelligence committee member Sen. Angus King, an independent from Maine, worried that the probe will likely last for a very long time. King stated the “collusion, the cooperation aspect of the examination is not over.” He included: “A great deal of people have stated, ‘When do you think you’ll be done?’ Perhaps completion of the year. This is a very intricate matter, involving thousands of pages of intelligence files, great deals of witnesses. There’s a great deal of details yet to go.”
While aides have actually encouraged Trump to stay off Twitter, the president continued to weigh in Sunday as he invested the weekend at Camp David, the government-owned presidential retreat in Maryland.
In a two-part tweet posted prior to 7 a.m., Trump composed: “The MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN program is doing effectively despite the diversion of the Witch Hunt.”
Sekulow appeared on NBC’s “Fulfill journalism,” CNN’s “State of the Union,” CBS’s “Face the Country” and “Fox News Sunday” on Fox. Rubio spoke on NBC, CNN and CBS. Schiff spoke on ABC’s “Today”and King spoke on NBC.