But Comey has testified under oath that in a private meeting, Trump raised the investigation of fired national security adviser Michael Flynn part of the larger Russian Federation probe and said, I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go. Comey said he took this hope, coming from the president of the United States, as a direction.
"The president has confidence of everyone who serves for him in this administration", said Spicer.
"Let me be clear here", said Jay Sekulow, a member of the president's legal team, on NBC's "Meet The Press". And the Russian Federation probe seems to be the primary reason why: Fifteen percent of Republicans say the investigations have made them think worse of Trump, while only 57 percent approve of how the president has "handled" said investigations (i.e., interfering in federal investigations, confessing to obstruction of justice on national television, engaging in witness intimidation over Twitter, et cetera). "Something about the way I was conducting it, the president felt, created pressure on him that he wanted to relieve", Comey told the Senate Select Intelligence Committee.
Trump appears willing to test the bounds of convention and his own powers against a legal and political establishment that he believes is conspiring against him.
The Post article published last Wednesday, and accessible at this link, reported that after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey on May 9, the Bureau quickly opened an investigation into whether the move, or other actions by Trump, constituted obstruction of justice.
The White House could certainly use another valuable surrogate, and it remains to be seen whether Sekulow will become an ubiquitous presence on network and cable news going forward.
Mueller and Comey both worked in the Bush administration and were involved in a dispute over whether Bush Attorney General John Ashcroft should reauthorize a post-9/11 domestic surveillance program.
Law enforcement sources have told CNN that the special counsel is gathering information and considering whether there is evidence to launch a full scale obstruction investigation.
"He's not afraid of the investigation-there is no investigation... there is not an investigation of the president of the United States, period". First, White House staffers spend 24 hours denying Trump was under investigation.
The suggestion last week that Trump may fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller is another example. Cuomo also challenged Sekulow's claim that the president is above legal reproach for obstruction of justice in his firing of Comey, noting that the question has never before been litigated.
While Pence hasn't been implicated in any potential wrongdoing, he is tied to the Mueller investigation in two main ways.
The lawyer also suggested Twitter's character limit may be partly to blame. That led to mass confusion for interviewers like Fox's Chris Wallace and CNN's Jake Tapper.
Other Republicans disagree. Republican Senators James Lankford, Susan Collins, and Marco Rubio-who all sit on the Senate Intelligence Committee-have said that the investigations should proceed.
"Trump has a compulsion to counterattack". Why don't you just pick up the phone and find out, if it matters so much to the president, whether or not he's being looked at?