PresidentTrump's lawyer stresses he is 'not under investigation' by FBI

Gingrich also cited the friendship between Mueller and Comey, which the Trump supporter described as "weird".

President Trump fired James Comey because the FBI director wouldn't publicly state that Trump wasn't under investigation.

Trump has denied making these comments, which Comey said he documented in contemporaneous memos.

A USA 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.

Mueller, a decorated Marine Corps veteran, has a sterling reputation as an independent investigator. "This is just an effort to undermine the credibility of the special counsel".

With no limits to the investigation, and with the president's pique leading to ready rationales for expanding the probe, Mueller and his team will inevitably find something.

He then insisted that "being investigated by the same department" which told him to remove Comey is "not constitutional".

It comes after Mr Trump appeared to admit for the first time on Friday that he is being investigated, as he lashed out at a top Justice Department official probing links between Russian Federation and the President's election campaign.

So here is the theory of this purported case from the Washington Post.

Perhaps Trump can avoid it, if it's true that the president has already considered firing Mueller.

Asked on Fox News about reports that Trump may consider removing Rosenstein and maybe Mueller from their posts, Sekulow said, "I've heard nothing about that at all". The White House has not commented on this possibility. "He has no qualms about throwing [Rosenstein] under a bus".

The administration's allies are pushing back back furiously on the special counsel investigation, pointing to donations some prosecutors made to Democratic candidates.

Wallace: Sir you just said two times that he's being investigated. Will Rosenstein quit before he's fired or will Trump fire him before he quits? Mueller was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and has expansive powers to probe any matters that develop from his initial investigation. The source said investigators have sought information from Richard Ledgett, who recently retired as deputy NSA director and, the source said, had written a memo documenting an attempt from Trump urging Rogers to tamp down on the FBI's Russian Federation investigation.

Again, the legal community is split here.

"He's not afraid of the investigation - there is no investigation", Sekulow said on NBC. I think members of Congress have confidence in that.

Who are you going to believe? The president takes action based on numerous events, including recommendations from his attorney general and the deputy attorney general's office.

Both threatened to resign the next day.

Members of both parties expressed exasperation with Trump's continuing commentary about the Russian Federation investigation. And while Sekulow and others, understandably, want to keep the focus on narrow legal questions, the greatest danger for Trump lies not in the realm of the courts, but in the world of politics. "I would not have recommended him for this one".

When Wallace pointed out that he'd used the word "investigated", Sekulow said that he was responding to a hypothetical situation that would occur if the president were being investigated, which he definitely is not. "Nearly everybody else does" other than Trump, he said.

"I can say categorically that the collusion or cooperation aspect of the investigation is not over", the Maine senator told "Meet the Press", adding that the probe could be done by the end of 2017.

Barr, the former attorney general, said the media stories were overblown. "America is prepared to outstretch its hand and work with the people of Cuba, but we will not empower their oppressors", Rubio said in Miami.

"I suspect the Washington Post story exaggerates the maturity of the investigation", he told The Hill. "And I think the answer is that they want to lay the foundation to discredit whatever Bob Mueller comes up with". "No one has notified us that he is" under investigation, Sekulow said.

Mueller would be allowed, though not required, to answer that question, unless it involved material before a grand jury, the former White House lawyer said.

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