One of Donald Trump’s personal lawyers has insisted he is not being investigated – two days after the President claimed that he was.
Mr Trump has in recent days repeatedly hit out at the so-called legal “witch hunt” he says is pursuing his investigation. In one tweet, he said: “I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt.”
But in a series of televised interviews, Jay Sekulow, a lawyer who is part of a team hired by Mr Trump to help deal with allegations of collusion by his campaign with Moscow, said he was not being personally investigated.
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“The fact of the matter is the President has not been and is not under investigation,” Mr Sekulow said on CBS’ Face the Nation, one of four political shows where he appeared on Sunday.
“There has been no notification from the special counsel’s office that the President is under investigation.”
The pushback from Mr Trump’s legal team came days after a report in the Washington Post said Robert Mueller, the special prosecutor heading the federal probe into possible collusion with Russia, was preparing to interview senior intelligence officials as he looked into whether the President had obstructed justice. The report said the development – which represented a dramatic shift in the course of the probe – came after Mr Trump had fired James Comey from his position as FBI Director.
Mr Trump had previously cited Mr Comey’s testimony, who had told congressional investigators that the President was not personally under investigation.
Pressed as to why Mr Trump had said he was under investigation, if he was not, Mr Sekulow, said Mr Trump was indeed reacting to the Post story. But in comments that added nothing but confusion to the issue, he said the President was not referring to an actual investigation in his…