President Donald Trump is not under investigation by special counsel Robert Mueller, a member of his legal team said repeatedly Sunday morning.
"The president is not under investigation by the special counsel," Jay Sekulow, a member of President Trump’s legal team, told “Meet the Press” moderator Chuck Todd on NBC.
He also made similar comments to Jake Tapper on CNN’s "State of the Union" and Chris Wallace on "Fox News Sunday." Despite his persistent efforts, Sekulow was unable to get any of the hosts to stop pushing him on the seeming contradictions in his remarks.
Last week, The Washington Post reported that Mueller was widening his investigation on Russia’s interference in the 2016 election to also investigate whether Trump obstructed justice.
Trump seemed to confirm he was under investigation in a tweet Friday. “I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt," he wrote, offering no clarification on the tweet.
Speaking to Todd, Sekulow said the president was responding to that report and is not under investigation.
"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," Sekulow said. "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."
“He’s not afraid of the investigation. There is no investigation,” Sekulow added.
In his discussion with Tapper, Sekulow repeatedly stated that Trump’s tweet was a response to a Washington Post article in the tight confines of a Twitter post — and that the Post report was of a dubious nature because of the use of anonymous sources.
On "Fox News Sunday," Sekulow made the same basic points but also got testy with Wallace, the host.
"I do not appreciate," Sekulow said, "you putting words in my mouth, when I’ve been crystal clear that the president is not and has not been under investigation."
David Cohen contributed to this report.