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The Latest: Lawyer says president not under investigation

Associated Press logoAssociated Press 8/3/2017
FILE PHOTO: Lawyer John Dowd exits Manhattan Federal Court in New York, U.S. on May 11, 2011. © REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo FILE PHOTO: Lawyer John Dowd exits Manhattan Federal Court in New York, U.S. on May 11, 2011.

WASHINGTON — The Latest on investigations into Russian meddling in the 2017 campaign (all times EDT):

4:50 p.m.

A lawyer for President Donald Trump says he has no reason to believe the president is under federal investigation amid a media report that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is using a grand jury as part of his probe.

Attorney John Dowd said in a statement to The Associated Press on Thursday that he had no information suggesting that the president himself is under investigation.

The Wall Street Journal reported Thursday that Mueller was using a grand jury in Washington. A grand jury is a common vehicle for government investigators to subpoena witnesses and records, though it doesn't suggest any charges are near. A grand jury in Virginia has been used to gather information on Michael Flynn, Trump's former national security adviser.

Ty Cobb, special counsel to the president, also says he had no knowledge of a grand jury. He says such matters are typically secret, and the White House "favors anything that accelerates the conclusion of his work fairly."

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11:11 a.m.

The top Democrat on the House oversight committee wants information from a business partner of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's. The goal is to learn more about Flynn's foreign contacts and security clearance.

Congressman Elijah Cummings made the request Thursday in a letter to businessman Bijan Kian. Cummings requested documents about Flynn's foreign contacts, travels and ties to foreign businesses. Cummings says Kian told federal investigators in 2016 that Flynn had work relationships with foreign businesses. But the Maryland Democrat says Flynn failed to report those.

Flynn has come under scrutiny for accepting foreign payments without notifying the government. Kian and Flynn also partnered in a consulting firm that did more than half a million dollars' worth of lobbying and research they acknowledge could have benefited the Turkish government.

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