Department of Justice-appointed Special Counsel Robert Mueller is conducting what is generally called a preliminary inquiry into possible obstruction of justice involving President Donald Trump, as it pertains to his broader investigation into Russian meddling in the US presidential election.
The contradictory messages came after Trump first answered-and seemingly confirmed-reports that he is personally under scrutiny for potential obstruction of justice, tweeting on Friday: "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! The tweet from the president was in response to the five anonymous sources purportedly leaking info to the Washington Post". Jay Sekulow, a member of the president's legal team, on Sunday still had to repeat he was not literally confirming the investigation.
Adding to questions surrounding the special counsel investigation is the fact that Rosenstein, as the current deputy attorney general, is the official who is in charge of the special counsel's activities.
"No Chris, I said that the inve-any...let me be crystal clear so you completely understand".
"Trump has a compulsion to counterattack and is very pugnacious", Gingrich said on ABC's This Week. It showed up again on the President's Twitter page when he said that the "distraction of the witch hunt" would not divert him from his Make America Great mission.
In a manner that would probably please his boss, Sekulow twice made mention of television ratings when comparing the reach of a cable network with President Trump's reach on social media. CBS News was then put in touch with a Sekulow associate who helped book the interview the next day.
However, Mr. Comey did say he took the President's "hope" comment as a "directive".
The tweet sparked speculation that Trump may pull a nuclear option by firing Mueller and Rosenstein, a move senior aides have fervently advised against - given that it could provoke a constitutional crisis.
But Trump's attorneys, with their own unconventional backgrounds, face a challenging task - especially against seasoned lawyers working with former FBI Director Robert Mueller.
Asked on NBC where the Senate Intelligence Committee's investigation stands, Sen.
The assurances from Comey that the President wasn't under investigation were apparently no longer applicable, according to the Post report. Angus King, an independent from ME, stressed that the probe will likely last for a long time.