Trump not included in Russia probe: lawyer

A member of President Donald Trump's legal team said Sunday that Trump is not under investigation by the special counsel, an assessment at odds with a Washington Post report last week and seemingly with a tweet by Trump himself on Friday.

On CBS's Face the Nation on Sunday, Sekulow also said that he believed the president would finally explain whether or not there were recordings of his conversations with Comey, as Trump has also tweet-implied, sometime this week. His tweet about a "WITCH HUNT" conducted by "bad" people is just a Trumpian version of what appears to be the official White House line - that this is somehow a partisan attempt to delegitimize the Trump presidency.

"The president is not under investigation by the special counsel", Sekulow told NBC's Chuck Todd.

"Because every day, The Washington Post and The New York Times are utilizing supposed leaked information about supposed investigations of the president of the United States", Sekulow replied. We've had no indication of that. The president's lawyer noted that some Democrats called for Comey's dismissal because of the way he handled the email investigation into Democratic candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton. "Nothing has changed in that regard since James Comey's testimony".

Schiff said Trump, his legal team and his supporters were trying to discredit the special counsel and his investigation. Comey was referring to the FBI's investigation that he had been overseeing.

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. Tapper was on it, though.

Be smart: Trump, notorious for his litigiousness in NY, is playing an inside-outside game: stockpiling talent to protect him legally, while publicly trying to discredit the investigators and whatever they might eventually say or do.

Trump slams Russian Federation 'witch hunt,' touts himself, agenda on Twitter
Sekulow made four TV appearances on Sunday to clarify the situation. Schiff said the investigation is "just getting started".

Cohen said the first official communication that a target is under investigation typically comes when prosecutors begin requesting documents and other evidence.

He said, however, that Sekulow's comments could mean the White House was taking the position that no investigation exists until Mueller's team officially confirms it, disregarding any media reports based on anonymous sourcing. He added: "A lot of people have said, 'When do you think you'll be done?' Maybe the end of the year".

Sekulow starts to lose patience that his bullshit line isn't going over well at this point. And Trump himself took aim at the senior Justice Department official responsible for appointing Mueller, accusing him on Twitter of leading a "Witch Hunt". Again- DICKERSON: Would he do it with Congress- SEKULOW: I want to be clear here- DICKERSON: Would he?

Trump's statements on Twitter are a sign of his frustration with the Russian Federation allegations, said former Republican Speaker Newt Gingrich, on ABC's "This Week".

A few things on this one: This is pedantic, but Twitter's character limit is actually 140 characters, and even so, Trump still had 29 characters to work with. "That's the constitutional threshold issue". In addition, the WaPo article was published on Wednesday and Trump didn't send out that tweet until Friday.

Trump has denied that he has any nefarious ties to Russian Federation and has also disputed that he's attempted to block the investigation into his campaign's possible role in Russia's election-related hacking.

I respect Sekulow's hustle however, as I assume he's making an obscene amount of money off of this gig.

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