Trump lawyer - President not under investigation in Russia probe

And it was Rosenstein who appointed Robert Mueller as the special counsel to lead that investigation after Comey was sacked.

The president wrote on Twitter: "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!"

Ruddy, who had been at the White House on Monday, told PBS that Trump is considering terminating the special counsel.

At the December meeting with [Russian Ambassador Sergey] Kislyak, Kushner suggested establishing a secure communications line between Trump officials and the Kremlin at a Russian diplomatic facility, according to US officials who reviewed intelligence reports describing Kislyak's account.

Sekulow said, "The president is not under investigation by the special counsel".

The Justice Department's investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election is looking at Kushner's multiple roles in the Trump administration, including the Trump campaign's 2016 data analytics operation; his relationship with former national security adviser Michael Flynn; and Kushner's own contacts with Russians, according to U.S. officials briefed on the probe.

Democrats and Republicans alike have criticised his use of Twitter, particularly amid the investigation into Russia's interference in last year's presidential election. "That's undemocratic on its face and a blatant violation of the president's oath of office". The president also sent a tweet on Friday that explicitly stated he was aware that he is under investigation.

Trump seemed to confirm that story - his White House hadn't denied it but instead condemned the leak from which it sprang - in a Friday morning tweet.

It's come to this, on his 146th day in office: The president, under investigation for obstruction of justice, attacked his own deputy attorney general for orchestrating a "witch hunt" against him.

A career prosecutor who entered the administration with a reputation as a meticulous, nonpartisan lawyer, Rosenstein has been buffeted in his short time on the job by political storms - and now the extraordinary spectacle of being singled out on social media by the president.

"Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations".

US President Donald Trump waves to the audience before delivering remarks on infrastructure investment and deregulation at the Department of Transportation on June 9, 2017 in Washington, DC. But America's laws today are a web in which even the most innocuous citizen can get tangled-a citizen who has business dealings with figures as corrupt as many Russian businessmen and officials tend to be is nearly certainly open to prosecution on one technicality or another, as is anyone who talks to federal investigators and tells even the smallest of lies.

The transition official spoke on condition of anonymity because the person was not authorized to discuss post-election decisions publicly.

Citing unnamed sources, ABC reported Rosenstein told Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand she would have authority over the probe if he were to step aside. Before becoming a top Federal Bureau of Investigation official, James Comey made his name as USA attorney for the Southern District of NY by successfully prosecuting Martha Stewart for conspiracy and obstruction of justice, alongside securities fraud-charges that arose in part because of the way she talked to investigators about her business transactions.

Though some in the White House have preached caution, fearing a repeat of the firestorm over Mr Comey's sacking, many in Mr Trump's orbit, including his son Donald Jr and adviser Newt Gingrich, have deemed Mr Mueller biased and worthy of dismissal.

Previously, Trump has called several people to ask them to make public statements that there isn't an investigation into him.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions during his appearance last week before the Senate Intelligence Committee.

Rosenstein told the Senate Appropriations Committee last week that only he himself could cashier the special counsel, and "As long as I'm in this position, he's not going to be fired without good cause". "Witch Hunt", the President tweeted.

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