President Donald Trump acknowledged on Friday he is under investigation in a probe of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 United States presidential race and possible collusion by his campaign - and seemed to assail the Justice Department official overseeing the inquiry.
With the revelation this week by The Washington Post that Trump was under investigation for possible attempted obstruction of justice, Rosenstein finds himself caught in an awkward pincer - stuck between the wrath of a president who could fire him and questions about his own future role supervising Mueller when he could become a witness in the special counsel's probe.
The New York Times sued the FBI on Friday, seeking a court's help in getting the agency to turn over documents created by fired FBI Director James Comey after his conversations with President Donald Trump. "Witch Hunt", the president wrote in his tweet.
Although there is still no word from special counsel Robert Mueller on the obstruction of justice investigation reportedly ongoing against President Donald Trump, a new poll has revealed that most Americans think the president guilty of a felony in interfering with the official FBI investigation into the alleged Russian Federation tampering with the 2016 presidential election.
Considering that Trump strong-armed Rosenstein into writing a letter about Comey's performance in the first place - a letter that never actually recommended the ex-FBI director's firing - and that Rosenstein didn't know POTUS would use the letter as his justification for the decision, it's easy to see how dude would be annoyed.
The president wrote, "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!" ABC said Rosenstein told Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand she would have authority over the probe if he were to step aside. At the same time, respondents said they were confident (62 percent) that special counsel Robert Mueller would conduct a fair and impartial investigation into the matter for the Justice Department. "Tweets are not going to change how he approaches something", said Jan Miller, a former USA attorney in IL who worked with Rosenstein in the Maryland office.
Scalise on the mend, now in 'serious' condition
Six people were injured during the attack, including two congressmen, a congressional aide, a lobbyist and two police officers. Scalise "continues to show signs of improvement", the hospital said Saturday.
Mueller reports to Rosenstein on budget and staffing needs for his team. Justice Department and special counsel press aides have declined to confirm or deny reports about the focus of Mueller's investigation. The source spoke on condition of anonymity.
U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein, a Democrat from California, said she is becoming "increasingly concerned" that Trump will terminate both Mueller and Rosenstein.
The Washington Post was one of several media that revealed this week that Trump himself is being investigated on allegations of obstructing justice.
The Trump tweets come after the top lawyer for his transition team warned organization officials to preserve all records and other materials related to the Russian Federation probe. Mueller assisted, ordering Ashcroft's Federal Bureau of Investigation detail to give Comey access and to not allow White House officials to be alone with the sick attorney general. Trump has disputed both claims, saying flatly that he never asked Comey to drop the Flynn probe.
If Trump ordered Brand to fire Mueller and she refused, the responsibility to oversee the special counsel would fall to Dana Boente, the USA attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia, according to a presidential executive order.
The transition order came the same day that Vice-President Mike Pence's confirmed that he had hired a private lawyer to represent his interests in the expanding probe.