Trump's lawyer: The president is not under investigation, despite what he tweeted

Trump's tweet was posted more than a day after a Washington Post story reported that "Five people briefed on the interview requests, speaking on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly", confirmed that Special Counsel Robert Mueller, appointed to look into allegations that members of the Trump administration colluded with Russian Federation to interfere with the election, was investigating whether or not Trump had sought to obstruct justice.

Sekulow said that Trump, in his tweet, was reacting to a story in the Washington Post, which was the first to report Mueller was examining whether Trump had tried to obstruct the probe by firing FBI Director James Comey in May.

Schiff added that he believes there is evidence of obstruction of justice related to the president's firing of Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey.

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.

Sekulow maintains that the President is not under investigation, claiming that it only seemed as if Trump was confirming that he was being investigated due to the character limit on Twitter. However, that argument conveniently ignores that Comey was sacked more than a month ago, prior to the appointment of Mueller, and most importantly, that Comey's firing itself could have been the reason for opening an investigation into Trump's possible obstruction of justice.

The legal and political threats hanging over the Trump presidency have hampered efforts by the White House to fill the top ranks of government.

"Trump advisers and confidants describe the President as increasingly angry over the investigation, yelling at television sets in the White House carrying coverage and insisting he is the target of a conspiracy to discredit - and potentially end - his presidency", AP reported.

The lawyer, Jay Sekulow, contended the tweet was not a confirmation of the investigation, but instead a response to a report in The Washington Post.

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"I have people knocking down my door to talk to the presidential personnel office", said White House press secretary Sean Spicer. "Witch Hunt." It was the first time Trump had publicly acknowledged that he's under investigation.

"I don't have any reason to doubt the credibility of Bob Mueller to conduct this [investigation]", Rubio said. "I don't think that tweet helped him", Gingrich said of the remark suggesting that Trump was being investigated. Schiff spoke on ABC's "This Week" and King spoke on NBC. "Witch Hunt", he said in a tweet.

"There's a limitation on Twitter, as we all know", Sekulow said on CNN. The president's response was as it related to "The Washington Post" report.

"They had the best M&Ms on the planet", Rubio said about his trip to Florida with Trump on Air Force One.

The Senate intelligence committee is in the early stages of its probe and is looking at whether anyone involved in the campaign shared information with the Russians, said Senator Angus King of ME, an independent who caucuses with Democrats.

It is common for subjects of federal investigations not to know they are under scrutiny, especially in the initial phases. Angus King, an independent from ME, stressed that the probe will likely last for a long time.

Schiff also said he believes recent congressional testimony from Comey and Attorney General Jeff Sessions points to signs of possible obstruction by Trump that warrant further investigation.

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