Democratic Rep. André Carson (Ind.), a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said Thursday that, to his knowledge, President Donald Trump is not currently under investigation.
Chief of Staff John Kelly said Monday that the Russia investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller was "very distracting to the president, as it would be to any citizen to be investigated." However, Trump told the New York Times he is "not under investigation."
Former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his business associate Richard Gates were indicted last week on multiple charges including money laundering and tax evasion, but they were not related to any work for the Trump campaign.
"Is the president right?" CNN host Wolf Blitzer asked Carson. "Is he not under investigation? And if that's true, how would he know that?"
"Well, to my knowledge, he's not under investigation," Carson said. "I think the greater point is for us to look at the influence of the Russians and the extent of their influence in terms of meddling in our electoral process. Director Mueller is tasked with looking for any criminal activity, and as we've seen with the recent arrests and indictments, we're encouraging folks to stay tuned."
Carson was more explicit in his response to the question than Rep. Adam Schiff (D., Calif.), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, who said on Sunday that he couldn't comment on whether Trump was being investigated.