President Trump wrote on Twitter on Friday: “I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt.”

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WASHINGTON — A member of President Trump’s legal team said on Sunday that the president was not under investigation by the special counsel looking into Russian meddling in the election, despite a tweet from Mr. Trump on Friday that seemed to acknowledge that he was a subject of the inquiry.

Jay Sekulow, who is part of a group of personal lawyers Mr. Trump has hired to respond to the special counsel, said the president was merely responding to reports in the news media that said he was now a subject of the expanding investigation.

“The fact of the matter is the president has not been and is not under investigation,” Mr. Sekulow said on the CBS program “Face the Nation.”

“The president issued that tweet on social media because of the report in The Washington Post from five anonymous sources, none of which, of course, anyone knows about,” Mr. Sekulow added.

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