Lawyer: President Trump Not Under Investigation

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President Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON (AP) - A member of President Donald Trump’s outside legal team said Sunday the president is not under investigation, contradicting a recent tweet from the president.

Speaking to the NBC’s on Sunday, attorney Jay Sekulow said the “president is not under investigation by the special counsel.” He said President Trump’s statement on Twitter Friday was specifically in response to a story in The Washington Post about the expanding probe into Russia’s election meddling.

The president wrote on Twitter: “I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt.” The message apparently referred to Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general whose role leading the federal investigation has become increasingly complicated.

Sekulow said President Trump “is not and has not been under investigation.”

Earlier, President Trump began his day with a stream of tweets defending his record and lashing out at the investigation into Russian interference in the election.

In a two-part tweet posted before 7 a.m. Sunday, President Trump wrote: “The MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN agenda is doing very well despite the distraction of the Witch Hunt.”

He continued by saying: “Many new jobs, high business enthusiasm… massive regulation cuts, 36 new legislative bills signed, great new S.C.Justice, and Infrastructure, Healthcare and Tax Cuts in works!”