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Trump says he's being investigated by the FBI, but Trump's lawyer insists he isn't

Lawyer Jay Sedulow said, “He’s not afraid of the investigation – there is no investigation… there is not an investigation of the president of the United States, period.”

US President Donald J. Trump departs the White House for Camp David Source: SIPA USA/PA Images

DONALD TRUMP’S LAWYER has insisted that the US President is not being investigated personally by the FBI – despite Trump himself saying that he is.

Two days ago, Trump tweeted that he is “being investigated for firing the FBI director by the man who told me to fire the FBI director!”

Now, however, Trump’s own legal counsel Jay Sekulow has insisted that this is not the case.

“The tweet from the president was in response to the five anonymous sources purportedly leaking info to The Washington Post,” Sekulow told NBC television’s Meet the Press.

He’s not afraid of the investigation – there is no investigation… there is not an investigation of the president of the United States, period.

Sekulow was referring to a report in the Post this week that said Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in last November’s presidential election was now also trying to determine whether Trump obstructed justice.

Trump’s fledgling presidency has been battered by allegations – under investigation both by Congress and the FBI – that Russia interfered to sway the 2016 election in his favour, in possible collusion with Trump’s campaign team.

However, Sekulow’s pronouncements haven’t stopped Trump from once more referring to a witch hunt this morning.

It’s not clear whether or not the witch hunt he’s referring to is the overarching investigations into alleged Russian collusion with his campaign, or his own possible belief that he’s being investigated personally.

Trump has been fighting something of a tit-for-tat battle with the FBI via the media in recent months, with his firing of former director James Comey and Comey’s subsequent testimony before the Senate intelligence committee being the two high water-marks of the saga.

With © – AFP, 2017

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