Trump decries 'witch hunt' but lawyer insists no probe

Sen. Marco Rubio says it's best for the country to let the FBI's investigation into Russian Federation meddling in the 2016 presidential election take its course, and the Florida Republican tells CNN's "State of the Union" that's what he'd advise President Donald Trump.

Information for this article was contributed by Catherine Lucey and Hope Yen of The Associated Press; by John Wagner and Rosalind S. Helderman of The Washington Post; and by Mark Niquette, Ros Krasny, Jeanna Smialek, David McLaughlin and Ben Brody of Bloomberg News.

Jay Sekulow, a lawyer who is part of a team hired by Mr Trump to deal with allegations of collusion by his campaign with Moscow, appeared on Sunday to contradict Mr Trump's statement on Twitter on Friday that he was being investigated for firing his Federal Bureau of Investigation director last month. "We're a nation of laws that apply equally to everyone, a lesson the president would be wise to learn", she said.

Jay Sekulow, part of Trump's legal team, said the president was writing about reports of an investigation, not an actual probe.

Comey was sacked in May after Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein wrote a memo critical of Comey's handling of Hillary Clinton's email investigation, a memo that became Donald Trump's official rationale for firing Comey.

"He's not afraid of the investigation there is no investigation", Mr Sekulow told NBC channel.

Separately, a former White House lawyer, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said there was nothing stopping Trump or his lawyers from asking Mueller whether Trump was under investigation.

It was unclear whether his tweet about being under investigation was based on direct knowledge or new media reports that suggest Mueller is examining whether the president obstructed justice by firing Comey. There has been no notification from the special counsel's office that the president is under investigation. No, Trump was just referring to a Washington Post story that said that.

"I don't believe it's going to happen", said Rubio on CNN's "State of the Union". "The president is not under investigation".

"Witch hunt" is how Trump characterizes the probe into Russia's election interference and possible ties to his campaign associates.

Trump is also under pressure to reveal whether he has any tape recordings of private conversations with Comey.

The Secret Service has said it has no records of any recording systems or transcripts of any conversations Mr. Trump may have had in the White House.

While the report that Jeff Sessions ordered Rod Rosenstein to write two memos on James Comey has yet to be verified elsewhere, the attorney general has found himself in other controversies in recent weeks including reports that he may be closing to resigning.

And Senate intelligence committee member Sen.

In the tweet in question, Trump explicitly said he is under investigation and calls that investigation a "witch hunt". King said the "collusion, the cooperation aspect of the investigation is not over".

"This is a very complex matter, involving thousands of pages of intelligence documents, lots of witnesses".

A source familiar with the matter told CNN's Evan Perez that investigators for Mueller would speak with Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Mike Rogers.

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