I didn't say investigation, YOU said investigation...the Washington Post said investigation... The White House used a memo he wrote to justify Mr Trump's decision to fire Mr Comey, but Mr Trump's firing of the Federal Bureau of Investigation director may now be part of the probe.
However, Mr. Comey did say he took the President's "hope" comment as a "directive".
"You are witnessing the single greatest WITCH HUNT in American political history - led by some very bad and conflicted people!" That is why investigators want to know more about a meeting between Trumps son-in-law Jared Kushner and executives of Vnesheconombank, a Russian state-owned development bank now under USA sanctions. The president's earlier tweet, which appeared to term the investigation as a "witch hunt" was not directly in response to any queries regarding the same put to him, said the attorney.
President Donald Trump may finally confirm by the end of the week whether tapes of conversations between him and former FBI Director James Comey exist, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer told reporters Monday.
So the president is not under investigation. Basically, it seems like the entire reasoning behind saying Trump isn't under investigation is that Trump hasn't been told by anybody that he is.
Former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Trump ally, said the president's tweet seemingly acknowledging that he's under investigation wasn't helpful. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said last Friday in a statement.
The Trump White House responded in a predictable pattern: official denial by Trump's communication team, followed by official confirmation from Trump himself.
Asked about the possibility an investigation has since developed and the president just does not know, Mr Sekulow said: "I can't read people's minds, but I can tell you this, we have not been notified that there's an investigation into the president of the United States".
Rather, the FBI is a component of the executive branch, with Article II of the Constitution assigning to the president the position of head of the executive branch, along with the comprehensive power to hire and fire personnel and commence or modify investigations at his discretion. According to the Post, Mueller plans to interview both officials soon, and also plans to question Richard Ledgett, who until recently held the No. 2 job at the NSA. If they find none, Im certain Mueller will forthrightly report that fact but only after completing a proper investigation, which takes time.
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.
Prominent criminal lawyers have been contacted to possibly represent Jared Kushner in the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 US election, The New York Times reports. In the subsequent furor over Comey's dismissal - largely stoked by Trump's conflicting reasons for firing the director, which first adopted but then parted company with Rosenstein's memo - Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel.
The question then arises, Would a reasonable prosecutor continue in an investigation of a constitutionally infeasible criminal matter?
A member of President Donald Trump's outside legal team is defending Trump's use of social media.