Trump is accused of firing FBI director James Comey over his refusal to steer the Russian Federation investigation away from former national security advisor and Trump ally Mike Flynn. For that reason, he wrote down a report of what was said and done with Trump.
If Rosenstein was trying to appease Trump, he did not succeed: On Friday morning, the president publicly suggested that the deputy attorney general had joined the conspiracy against him.
The statement is indeed in keeping with President Donald Trump's rhetoric about anonymous leaks, which he has called "fabricated lies" and falsely deemed "illegal".
Mr Comey told a Senate panel last week he believed Mr Trump fired him to undermine the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Russian Federation probe. And the president himself admitted to NBC News he was going to terminate Comey regardless of Rosenstein's opinion.
He also claimed that the person investigating him advised him to fire Comey, though it's unclear whom he was referring to.
He also took to Twitter yesterday to insist that despite months of investigating, no proof has emerged that he colluded with Russian Federation to tilt the 2016 presidential election in his favor. But he had said last week he felt vindicated by Comey's testimony on June 8 that he was not the subject of investigation while Comey was heading the agency. "That also means, however, that once the investigation is concluded or the special counsel has moved on, the justification for withholding would evaporate and the memos should be released".
Given that every morning brings with it some new Trump scandal, one could be excused for not realizing that Trump has yet to be actively investigated. In the Senate, nearly anyone who was asked expressed support for special counsel Mueller's investigation and said he should be allowed to bring it to completion.
President Donald Trump continued to fume this week over the continued attention paid to the Russian Federation probes, especially following a report that he's now under investigation for potential obstruction of justice.
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If Rosenstein were to recuse himself, the responsibility of overseeing the special counsel would fall to the department's third-highest-ranking official, Rachel Lee Brand, who was confirmed a month ago to be associate attorney general.
Top Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein expressed concern that Trump may try to fire both Mueller and Rosenstein, warning "he's in for a rude awakening" if he thinks he can shut down the investigation.
Earlier this month, Rosenstein told The Associated Press that "if anything that I did winds up being relevant to his investigation then, as Director Mueller and I discussed, if there's a need from me to recuse, I will".
Trump published a series of tweets in which he decried both the alleged investigation and media coverage thereof. "Sad!" he wrote in one post.
That will only add to a sense of foreboding that pervades the White House, from the crammed collective workspaces of junior officials all the way to the Oval Office.
"It would be fascinating, of course, to see the Comey memos", said Project on Government Secrecy Director Steven Afterwood.
The Washington Post reported Thursday evening that Mueller's team is also focusing on the finances and business dealings of Jared Kushner, Trump's senior adviser and son-in-law.