On Friday morning, when Trump lashed out at what appeared to be Rod Rosenstein on Twitter, many took his statement as confirmation of last week’s WaPo report that Trump is under investigation for obstruction of justice by Special Prosecutor Robert Mueller: “I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt.”
I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2017
On Sunday, however, Trump’s personal lawyer Jay Sekulow made the media rounds to explain that Trump’s tweet was not an admission, and that Trump is not under investigation in the probe into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential race, adding that the president has not received any notification that he is being investigated.
Speaking on NBC’s Meet The Press, Sekulow said “the president is not under investigation by the special counsel. The tweet from the president was in response to the five anonymous sources that were purportedly leaking information to The Washington Post about a potential investigation of the president. But the president, as James Comey said in his testimony and as we know as of today, the president has not been and is not under investigation… let me be very clear here: the president is not and has not been under investigation for obstruction.“
Todd then asked “if the president is innocent, why is he afraid of this investigation?” to which Sekulow’s response: “he’s not afraid of the investigation. There is no investigation.”
Sekulow later said that Trump was merely reacting to the Washington Post story. “The fact of the matter is the president has not been and is not under investigation,” Sekulow said on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” one of four political shows where he appeared on Sunday.
“There has been no notification from the special counsel’s office that the president is under investigation,” Sekulow said.
In other words according to Trump’s lawyer, the tweet in question was just a snyde response to WaPo, if not a confirmation of the WaPo story. Which means that Trump will likely follow up with more tweets explaining the confusion that his earlier tweet had sowed even as just prior to Trump’s tweet, Rod Rosenstein said not to trust reports based on “anonymous officials”.
“Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous ‘officials,’ particularly when they do not identify the country — let alone the branch or agency of government — with which the alleged sources supposedly are affiliated. Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations. The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations.
Of course, Trump may well be under investigation, however he has simply not been notified yet.
On Sunday, Trump once again lashed out at what he has called an ongoing “Witch Hunt” against him, tweeting “The MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN agenda is doing very well despite the distraction of the Witch Hunt. Many new jobs, high business enthusiasm,..”
The MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN agenda is doing very well despite the distraction of the Witch Hunt. Many new jobs, high business enthusiasm,..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 18, 2017