President Trump recently sent a tweet seemingly aimed at the Deputy AG, saying he is being investigated by the man who told him to fire the FBI Director. "Witch Hunt." He appeared to be referring to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Mueller, the special counsel named by the Justice Department to probe the Russia matter, is investigating whether anyone associated with Trump or his campaign had any illegal dealings with Russian officials or others with ties to the Kremlin. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, that said, in part, "it should be obvious to everyone that this is a political favor from President Trump to a few influential members of congress who have never set foot in Cuba and who represent a tiny minority of the American people".
Mr Trump has in recent days repeatedly hit out at the so-called legal "witch hunt" he claims is pursuing his investigation.
He said, however, that Sekulow's comments could mean the White House was taking the position that no investigation exists until Mueller's team officially confirms it, disregarding any media reports based on anonymous sourcing. "That's impossible. The president cannot be investigated, or certainly cannot be found liable for engaging in an activity he clearly has power to do under the constitution". I don't think it serves him well.
Reports have raised questions about whether Trump requested their help in trying to get James Comey, then the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, to end an inquiry into Trump's former national security adviser, Michael Flynn.
Russia's Foreign Ministry said in a statement that Trump is "returning us to the forgotten rhetoric of the Cold War". "Nearly everybody else does" other than Trump, he said.
"As far as the general theme of Russia's interference, look, the president has said he doesn't believe it". Marco Rubio, (R- Fla.), who said he discussed the probe with Trump on Friday. "That's it. Simple explanation", Sekulow told CNN's "State of the Union". "So here's what you have", Sekulow said. "And the best thing that can happen for everybody, the president, the country, our institutions [of] the government, is for a full and thorough and credible investigation that reveals everything". Angus King, an independent from ME, stressed that the probe will likely last for a long time. He has already been subpoenaed by the House intelligence committee.
Advisers have been forced to perform post-presidential cleanup in the wake of Trump's tweets and comments. "And he is very pugnacious", former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said Sunday on ABC's "This Week".
They went a few more rounds before Tapper wondered, "is that not frustrating for you as an attorney to have a client that is sharing information with the world that's not accurate?"