WASHINGTON, D.C.: One of Donald Trump's lawyers insisted Sunday that the president was not under criminal investigation as part of the sweeping probe into Russia's alleged meddling in American elections, despite the USA leader's tweets angrily calling the whole saga a "distraction".
The Washington Post reported on June 14 that Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who was appointed after Comey's termination to oversee the Russian Federation investigation, had widened his probe to examine if the President attempted to obstruct justice, or intentionally tamper with investigations surrounding himself or his associates.
The Washington Post subsequently published a story based on anonymous sources from unnamed government departments, which claimed the president is now being personally investigated by the special counsel's office for obstruction of justice.
The President and his allies have declared open season on Mueller and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing the probe.
Ten days ago, Trump once again dodged a question as to whether he did, as he hinted, tape conversations with the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, as he had suggested in a tweet shortly after sacking Comey. Should the President be under investigation for firing Comey, however, either now or in the future, the investigation that began focusing on Russian ties to the Trump campaign and November's election could result in a shakeup. The message apparently referred to Rosenstein, whose role leading the federal investigation has become increasingly complicated. Although the White House initially said Rosenstein's memo led Trump to fire Comey, the president later said in a television interview that he did so because of the Russian Federation investigation.
After Chris Wallace pointed out that he just said Donald Trump is under investigation (twice), Sekulow clapped back with this pathetic response (emphasis mine).
"The president of the United States takes action after receiving a memorandum from his attorney general, a letter actually from his attorney general and memorandum from his deputy attorney general", Sekulow told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program.
What has been reported about whether Trump is under investigation? Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Friday in a statement. The New York Times reported Monday that Corallo's recent tweets have included praise for Mueller and a suggestion that Vice President Mike Pence should be the Republican nominee in 2020.
President Donald Trump, whose combative instincts are to lash out, has given his legal team a clear direction: Fight, fight, fight.
If Trump's answer is a signal that no such recordings exist, despite the intrigue created around the prospect of recorded conversations, Trump is unlikely to face legal or political consequences for dragging out the matter, GOP strategist Ford O'Connell said. Rosenstein declined to comment on the substance of his conversations with Comey in a separate congressional hearing, saying he did not want "people talking publicly about" matters that could fall under Mueller's purview. Comey's testimony also strongly suggested that special counsel Robert Mueller is now investigating possible criminal activity by Trump himself. Comey was among those critics who cited Lynch's June 2016 tarmac meeting with former President Bill Clinton as a sign the Justice Department was not capable of an independent investigation into Hillary Clinton.
This is the whole story in a nutshell: Trump has not been notified that he's the target of an investigation.