Trump not included in Russia probe: lawyer

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Rod J. Rosenstein, deputy attorney general, last month named Robert B. Mueller, a former FBI director, as a special counsel to lead the sprawling investigation into the extent of Russia's meddling in the 2016 presidential election, and whether any of Trump's associates colluded in that effort.

Sekulow stressed repeatedly that Trump is not under investigation. "As James Comey says in his testimony. the president was not the target of investigation on three different occasions".

His attorney Jay Sekulow took to the Sunday shows this weekend to insist otherwise: no, the president isn't under investigation because the Justice Department has not told him that he is.

In a two-part tweet posted before 7 a.m., Trump wrote: "The MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN agenda is doing very well despite the distraction of the Witch Hunt".

"There has been no notification from the special counsel's office that the president is under investigation".

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 media reports based on anonymous sourcing. Even Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who as a US senator was Trump's strongest supporter-and for a time, virtually his only one-among top-ranking elected officials, is reportedly on thin ice with the president, who is angry that Sessions recused himself from overseeing the investigation and didn't defend the president strongly enough (or press his enemies hard enough) when he testified to Congress to last week.

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".

"I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!"

In an NBC interview on May 11, Trump said "When I chose to [fire Comey], I said to myself, I said you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made up story".

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A member of President Donald Trump's outside legal team says the president isn't under federal investigation. However, it's important to note that the future of Trump's presidency may have little to do with whether there was a prosecutable violation of the law involved his handling of the Russian Federation investigation.

The top Democrat on the House intelligence committee says the panel is looking forward to getting a response from the White House this week as to whether President Donald Trump has tapes of private conversations with fired FBI Director James Comey.

A White House official said about 200 people are being vetted for senior-level posts.

They said Sekulow's denials were not so much a legal argument as an effort to fix the political damage from the apparent admission by Trump.

I don't think so.

Representative Adam Schiff, Democrat of California, accused Trump and his allies of seeking to undermine Mueller's inquiry, setting a pretext for potentially firing those leading it. Trump has reportedly told friends that he considered firing Mueller, and the president's tweet Friday appeared aimed at Rosenstein, raising questions about whether he might fire him, too.

And Senate intelligence committee member Sen.

"I don't have any reason to doubt the credibility of Bob Mueller to conduct this [investigation]", Rubio said. King said the "collusion, the cooperation aspect of the investigation is not over".

"This is the first time the president's overall approval rating has hit the 50% mark since late April", the site states.

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