Trump's new team offers muddled messages on sanctions, pardons

Special Counsel Robert Mueller

Special Counsel Robert Mueller

But just two full days into Scaramucci's tenure in the top post, the muddled messaging continued Sunday morning, with various Trump allies offering competing opinions on Trump and his legal team's effort to undermine special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's Russian Federation investigation - including discussing the question of whether the president can pardon aides, family members and even himself.

Trump did not specify who, if anyone, he might consider pardoning.

But the lawyer said Trump's legal team has not discussed this question with the president. Earlier this week, President Trump, in a lengthy interview with The New York Times, said he would not have appointed Sessions as attorney general if he knew the former Alabama senator would recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation.

On Sunday Mr Sekulow denied that the White House had any interest in the subject, saying the president's power to pardon himself is "not an issue we're concerned with or dealing with".

Russian Federation has adamantly denied any collusion with the Trump campaign or interference in the election, and has repeatedly pointed to a lack of evidence to support those claims.

The president repeated his assertion that the probes are a "Witch Hunt".

"These illegal leaks.must stop", Trump tweeted. Comey later testified to Congress that he had felt pressure from Trump over the investigation and, after he was dismissed, released memos of his encounters with Trump to the media.

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Jones agreed and joked Magnus had said "everything I was going to say except the college championship game that we don't have". He was jokingly asked by a Columbus Dispatch reporter how many times he has visited "the spot" - when OSU quarterback J.T.

Meanwhile, Anthony Scaramucci, the new White House Communications Director, told CNN's State of the Union on Sunday that Trump had still not accepted the intelligence community's report of Russian meddling in the 2016 election. "And it's something that we have fought for and many people have died for".

Jay Sekulow told reporters in Denver, "We're not researching it because it's not an issue".

Mueller is looking into any relationships or contacts between Trump campaign officials and Russians during the election. Although Trump was not explicitly clear about what caused his most recent meltdown, he did call out the Republicans for failing to "protect their president" and threatened them with "repercussions" if they once again fail to pass legislation to roll back his former President Barack Obama's signature health care law.

After the trip, Trump retreated to his golf course near Washington and had lunch with his chief of staff, Reince Priebus, policy adviser Stephen Miller and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and his wife, a White House official said.

The Senate Judiciary Committee said on Friday that Trump's eldest son, Donald Trump Jr., and Trump's former campaign manager Paul Manafort had agreed to negotiate whether to be interviewed by the panel in its Russian Federation investigation. "FAKE NEWS", Trump tweeted on Saturday.

Sekulow's comments, however, seemed at odds not only with Trump's tweet, but also with other members of his own legal team, as well as with Scaramucci. "If Republicans don't Repeal and Replace the disastrous ObamaCare, the repercussions will be far greater than any of them understand!"

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