Monday, Jun. 19, 2017

The Latest: Trump's son-in-law may get new legal counsel

By The Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Latest on the investigation into Russia's actions in the 2016 elections. (all times local):

7:20 a.m.

President Donald Trump's son-in-law and senior adviser may be getting new legal representation as the special counsel investigation into Russia's election meddling heats up.

Jared Kushner has been represented on business matters and other issues by Jamie Gorelick. In a statement, Gorelick says that after the appointment of the special counsel, she advised Kushner "to obtain the independent advice of a lawyer with appropriate experience as to whether? he should continue with us."

It's unclear where that process stands. Kushner has been discussing the matter with Abbe Lowell, a prominent trial lawyer.

Kushner's contacts with Russians during the transition have been scrutinized as part of the widening probes into whether Trump's team coordinated with Moscow during the election. Kushner has denied any improper contacts with Russia.

The New York Times first reported that Kushner was weighing other legal options.


3:30 a.m.

A member of the president's outside legal team says Donald Trump is not under federal investigation. The denial comes days after Trump appeared to confirm he is being investigated, sending a tweet complaining that he is the target of a "witch hunt."

Attorney Jay Sekulow is stressing that "the president has not been and is not under investigation." He said the tweet last Friday from Trump was specifically directed at a story in The Washington Post about the expanding probe into Russia's election meddling.

Sekulow says that Trump hasn't been notified of any investigation. Asked about the possibility that an investigation has developed and the president just doesn't know, Sekulow says, "I can't read people's minds."

Sekulow appeared on a series of Sunday morning news programs.

2017-06-19 11:25:53 GMT

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