Whom to believe, Trump or his lawyer?

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

While aides have advised Trump to stay off Twitter, the president continued to weigh in Sunday as he spent the weekend at Camp David, the government-owned presidential retreat in Maryland.

A member of the president's outside legal team said Sunday that Donald Trump is not under federal investigation, days after Trump appeared to confirm he was with a tweet about being the target of a "witch hunt". The attorney also maintained that there could not be any investigation into Trump's firing of James Comey as FBI director because the president had full constitutional authority to oust the agency head.

Trump's tweet was most likely in reference to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, whose memo he cited as justification for firing Comey, and who had appointed Mueller as special counsel.

People familiar with the matter said that Kushner's confidants were specifically scoping out courtroom litigators.

James Comey, left, testifies during a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on July 8, 2015.

As the investigation does move forward, there's been a tip from the deputy attorney general.

According to 18 USC 4 and 28 USC 1361, if at the time Mr. Comey believed the comment constituted obstruction of justice, he was legally required to report it. Of course, as the professor points out, Rosenstein's recusal is not terribly pressing, since the appointment of a special counsel removed him from the investigation anyway. He said Trump's tweet was not a confirmation of the investigation, but instead a response to a report in The Washington Post. Comey has said, "Lordy, I hope there are tapes".

Clearly, Trump is exasperated over what he sees as much ado about nothing.

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Mueller, for the record, seems more like a stereotypical G-Man, above-board and committed to the truth, than a deep stater. It is a conspiracy theory that has been making the rounds in Washington and in the media for the last few months.

After Chris Wallace pointed out that he just said Donald Trump is under investigation (twice), Sekulow clapped back with this pathetic response (emphasis mine). "Look, I'm a lawyer". There's no limitation on doing that.

Appearing on a series of morning news programs, attorney Jay Sekulow repeatedly stressed Sunday that "the president has not been and is not under investigation". One way to consider this is political strategy, the other is the return to a more "normal" America which defines its interests more narrowly than America as a hegemon would.

When asked when the Trump administration would release a statement about the recordings, Spicer stated, "So it's possible that we have an answer to that by the end of this week". He's done this on several occasions. Since the memos will undoubtedly play an important part of Mueller's investigation, it's not surprising that they don't want to turn them over. Only if they decide to file charges and go to court is evidence shown.

That lack of formal notification wouldn't be unusual in the early stages of an investigation.

But presidential historian and liberal journalist Rick Perlstein isn't buying it.

TRUMP: "Effective immediately, I am canceling the previous administration's completely one-sided deal with Cuba." - remarks in Miami on Friday. USA farmers can continue selling their crops to the Cuban government. As Trump still struggles to acknowledge, the US intelligence community is fully convinced that Russian Federation carried out an attack on our democracy. Job enthusiasm and manufacturing, business enthusiasm is at record levels; never been higher. When not even the White House can get its story straight, what are we to believe?

THE FACTS: Trump has gone from "hoax" to hype on this statistic.

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