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In spite of tweet, lawyer says Trump not under investigation

Conway on Monday told Fox & Friends that nobody has told Trump that he's under investigation, and instead, Trump's tweet last week was a response to "a Washington Post report that included five anonymous sources".

"These are fact-intensive questions that are different in every case", Steve Dettelbach, a former USA attorney in OH under the Obama administration, said in a phone interview.

"Those reports in The Washington Post were false", Sekulow said. But no steps have been taken in that direction. Dianne Feinstein of California, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Friday in a statement. "However, nothing has changed". Trump fired Comey in early May.

Rosenstein, in an appearance before Congress on Tuesday, declined to answer a question about his memo recommending Comey's firing by saying it could be part of the special counsel's investigation.

One of President Donald Trump's personal lawyers said in television interviews on Sunday that the president was not under investigation for obstruction of justice, but when pressed on the assertion, said he was not certain.

An assessment of evidence and circumstances will be completed before a final decision is made to launch an investigation of the president of the United States regarding potential obstruction of justice.

"Just because you haven't been notified doesn't mean you're not under investigation", Cuomo replied. Rosenstein would then end up being a key witness in the same investigation that he is duty bound to supervise.

The president suggested on Twitter that he may have taped those conversations. He had conversations with Comey. Comey has since said he suspects the circumstances of his firing will be scrutinized by Mueller, putting pressure on Trump's supporters to deny any illegal intent - critical to an obstruction of justice case. I don't think it serves him well.

"The two men backed one another in a moment etched into the legend in both the Justice Department and Federal Bureau of Investigation", noted George Washington University legal scholar Jonathan Turley. "I don't think it serves him well", former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Trump supporter, on ABC's "This Week", adding that the President was right to be infuriated by "this whole Russian Federation baloney".

Liberal law professor Jonathan Turley said the testimony in the hearing "actually helped Trump and his legal case", adding that even if we accept his version of events he "did not describe a crime or an impeachable offense".

A few days after the "bombshell" Washington Post story claimed that Mueller was looking into whether Trump tried to thwart the FBI's Russia-election-meddling investigation, ABC News reported that there isn't such an investigation.

Then there is the degree of independence afforded the special counsel's office.

There are other causes for concern with how deep Mueller may investigate, or not investigate, the matter at hand.

"You don't mess with the criminal justice system in this way ... the President is on very tenuous ground here", Ben-Veniste told CNN's Don Lemon Friday.

"The standard generally is: would a reasonable person question the impartiality of the decision-maker if he fails to recuse?"

"If the president thinks he can fire Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein and replace him with someone who will shut down the investigation, he's in for a rude awakening", Sen.

"I don't know what the facts will show or what the special counsel will conclude, but Kasowitz, Sekulow & Dowd is not the dream team", he tweeted after the Fox News exchange.

"Politically, the people who don't like him still won't like him, and the people who support him will still support him".



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