Attorney: Trump not under investigation

U.S. Sen. Angus King listens during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday

U.S. Sen. Angus King listens during a Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday

I believe the - I take the president at his word, that I was sacked because of the Russian Federation investigation.

That tactic from Trump's lawyers and proxies has manifested itself in aggressively worded statements and television appearances aimed at warding off any legal threat from prosecutors - and persuading the American public the president isn't in legal jeopardy.

In a statement, Jamie Gorelick said she told Kushner to get "independent advice of a lawyer" on whether to "continue with us" after Robert Mueller was tapped to lead an FBI investigation into possible ties between Trump's presidential campaign and Russian Federation. To make it more hard, Trump's statements threaten to undercut their work.

Any kind of alleged effort to interfere in an investigation could potentially lead to an obstruction of justice investigation targeting the president and his aides.

Barak Cohen, a former Justice Department lawyer and now a defense attorney specializing in white-collar crime and investigations, said there was no requirement that the special counsel notify Trump he was under investigation, so the lack of such notice meant nothing. The denial comes days after Trump appeared to confirm he is being investigated, sending a tweet complaining that he is the target of a "witch hunt". In a statement, Gorelick says that after the appointment of the special counsel, she advised Kushner "to obtain the independent advice of a lawyer with appropriate experience as to whether he should continue with us".

The Secret Service denied the agency has tapes in response to an Freedom of Information Act request by the New York Times, saying, "There are no records pertaining to your request".

"Brian, we're friends, and I'm not going to discuss legal advice I have given to my client, the president of the United States", Sekulow responded. He says there should at least be tapes of any telephone conversations between the president and Comey.

With Twitter, "the president has an ability to communicate with a broad sloth of people of 107 million", said Sekulow. It also sent a letter to Comey asking for any notes or memos.

"I think I better wait until I get done with my conversations with Feinstein before I answer that question", said Grassley, who also wants to review any actions taken by Obama attorney general Loretta Lynch to influence the Clinton email investigation. Schiff cited the fact that the president at one meeting "cleared the room" of advisers and asked to speak to Comey alone.

Rosenstein is overseeing Mueller's work since Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the investigation because of his ties and participation with the 2016 Trump campaign.

In testimony before the Senate Appropriations Committee on Tuesday, Rosenstein pledged that Mueller would maintain his independence and said he would not follow orders to fire the special counsel unless he believes "those are lawful and appropriate orders". Angus King, an independent from ME, stressed that the probe will likely last for a long time. "It would be illegal to destroy it and it could be subpoenaed by an investigator like Robert Mueller, turned into a transcript that he would have at his fingertips", Perlstein said in the video.

Asked if exploring obstruction under Trump would be part of the probe, Feinstein said, "I think whether it includes it or not, people look for it".