Trump not un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion: at­tor­ney

De­spite pres­i­dent’s tweet that said probe by spe­cial coun­sel had tar­geted him


WASH­ING­TON— A mem­ber of the U.S. pres­i­dent’s out­side le­gal team said Sun­day that Don­ald Trump is not un­der fed­eral in­ves­ti­ga­tion, days af­ter Trump ap­peared to con­firm he was with a tweet about be­ing the tar­get of a “witch hunt.”

Ap­pear­ing on a se­ries of morn­ing news pro­grams, at­tor­ney Jay Seku­low re­peat­edly stressed that “the pres­i­dent has not been and is not un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion.” He said a Fri­day tweet from Trump was di­rected at a story in the Wash­ing­ton Post about the ex­pand­ing probe into Rus­sia’s elec­tion med­dling.

As ev­i­dence, Seku­low said that Trump has not been no­ti­fied of any in­ves­ti­ga­tion. He also cited the tes­ti­mony from for­mer FBI Direc­tor James Comey be­fore the Se­nate in­tel­li­gence com­mit­tee, in which Comey said he had told Trump he was not un­der in­ves­ti­ga­tion in the months lead­ing up to his May 9 fir­ing.

Asked about the pos­si­bil­ity that an in­ves­ti­ga­tion has since de­vel­oped and the pres­i­dent just does not know, Seku­low said: “I can’t read peo­ple’s minds, but I can tell you this, we have not been no­ti­fied that there’s an in­ves­ti­ga­tion to the pres­i­dent of the United States. So that — noth­ing has changed in that re­gard since James Comey’s tes­ti­mony.”

The Post re­ported last week that Robert Mueller — the spe­cial coun­sel ap­pointed to in­ves­ti­gate Rus­sian in­volve­ment in the 2016 pres­i­den­tial elec­tion — was look­ing into whether Trump ob­structed jus­tice. Mueller was ap­pointed by Deputy At­tor­ney Gen­eral Rod Rosen­stein and has ex­pan­sive pow­ers to probe any mat­ters that de­velop from his ini­tial in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

The pres­i­dent wrote on Twit­ter Fri­day: “I am be­ing in­ves­ti­gated for fir­ing the FBI Direc­tor by the man who told me to fire the FBI Direc­tor! Witch Hunt.”

“Witch hunt” has be­come Trump’s pre­ferred phrase to dis­miss the probe into Rus­sian elec­tion in­ter­fer­ence. While aides have ad­vised Trump to stay off Twit­ter, the pres­i­dent con­tin­ued to weigh in Sun­day as he spent the week­end at Camp David, the gov­ern­ment-owned pres­i­den­tial re­treat in Mary­land.

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.”

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