One of President Donald Trump’s attorneys on Sunday insisted “there is not an investigation of the president of the United States, period”, responding to reports that a Department of Justice investigation has expanded to investigate potential obstruction of justice, The Hill reports.
The investigation is reportedly related to the President’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey, as there was an apparent confirmation by the Trump himself with a series of tweets last week.
“Let me be clear here. President is not and has not been under investigation for obstruction”, said Jay Sekulow, a member of the president’s legal team, on NBC’s “Meet The Press”.
Last week, multiple reports said special counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 elections has expanded to include allegations that Trump obstructed justice by firing Comey, who had been leading the investigation.
“I am being investigated for firing the FBI director by the man who told me to fire the FBI director,” Trump tweeted Friday, in an apparent dig at Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who wrote a memo criticizing Comey and subsequently appointed Mueller to lead the investigation.
According to Sekulow, the President’s tweet should not be taken as confirmation he’s under investigation.
“The tweet from the President was in response to the five anonymous sources purportedly leaking info to the Washington Post”, he said.
“He’s not afraid of the investigation, there is no investigation. There has been no notification from the special counsel’s office that the President is under investigation”, Sekulow added.
Although he avoided a question about whether the special counsel would be legally bound to inform the President he’s under investigation, the attorney insisted “I can’t imagine a scenario where the President would not be aware of it.”