Trump's legal plan quite simple so far: Fight, fight, fight

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One possible problem with Kushner putting together a better legal team from which to seek advice than the President is he could turn on Trump in order to save himself.

That tactic from Trump's lawyers and proxies has manifested itself in aggressively worded statements and television appearances aimed at warding off any legal threat from prosecutors - and persuading the American public the president isn't in legal jeopardy. To make it even more hard, their client's public statements often threaten to undercut their work.

The Justice Department has said Muller's work at the firm does not disqualify him from leading the investigation.

And so, investigators will likely try to determine whether Trump indicated in that meeting that he'd already made his decision, and indicated to them his reason for it, in effect enlisting them in an effort to create a cover story for the firing. "That can't be constitutional", Sekulow concluded.

Himes says the notion the investigation has been going on too long "is just crazy" and "we're talking about the very core of our democracy here".

Sekulow was referring to a report in the Post this week that said Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian interference in November's presidential election was now also trying to determine whether Trump obstructed justice. But Trump has also said he had chose to fire Comey before Rosenstein wrote a memo recommended him. There has been no notification from the special counsel's office that the president is under investigation.

Mueller declined comment as he left the meeting Tuesday. "Witch Hunt." It was the first time Trump had publicly acknowledged that he's under investigation. So technically, Trump is correct: The man who wrote the memo endorsing Comey's removal has authorized an investigation that is reportedly probing whether that removal somehow constituted a felony. Angus King, an independent from ME, said "we're 20 percent into" the collusion aspect of the investigation. If there is an investigation of the circumstances of Comey's firing, and the Deputy Attorney General (who is serving as Acting AG for the investigation due to Jeff Sessions' recusal) was instrumental in the firing, that sure looks like a conflict, Turley says. Constitutionally, the president does not need a reason to fire the Federal Bureau of Investigation director, who - like every unelected subordinate official in the executive branch - serves at the president's pleasure.

Taking to Twitter last Sunday while spending the weekend at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland, Trump again referenced the "distraction of the Witch Hunt". He added: "A lot of people have said, 'When do you think you'll be done?' Maybe the end of the year". Ledgett wrote a memo, according to the source, documenting a conversation in which the president allegedly urged Rogers to help get the FBI to lift the cloud of the Russian Federation investigation.

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