The President tweeted on Friday morning that he was "being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!".
Pause for a moment to soak in that the President of United States confirmed on the record via Twitter that Mueller is gunning for him. "Witch Hunt", Trump wrote on Twitter, referring to his May 9 dismissal of James Comey.
Rosenstein sees no reason at this point to recuse himself from overseeing the special counsel's investigations involving President Trump and the 2016 presidential election, the Justice Department said Friday.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., the ranking Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Friday that she is "increasingly concerned" that Trump will try to fire Rosenstein and Mueller.
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.
"That's undemocratic on its face and a blatant violation of the president's oath of office". "Nice", Mr Trump wrote in his first tweet. And with the investigation reaching all the way up to Trump - and with Trump regularly tweeting about it - it's almost impossible for the White House to compartmentalize.
Mr Comey told a Senate panel last week he believed Mr Trump fired him to undermine the FBI's Russian Federation probe and testified that the President directed him in February to drop an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn in relation to the Russian Federation matter.
The tweets came shortly after Mr Rosenstein issued his unusual statement that appeared to be warning about the accuracy of such reports. "Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations".
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Jack Goldsmith, a Harvard University law professor and a senior Justice Department official in the George W. Bush administration, immediately tweeted, "And the Deputy Attorney General should have better judgment".
The "cloud" that Trump has been complaining about for months got bigger and darker this week. Another official disputed that Rosenstein pushed for Sessions' recusal. When it was revealed that Comey had kept detailed memos on his interactions with the president, Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel.
The senior Justice Department official with ultimate authority over the special counsel's probe of Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 election has privately acknowledged to colleagues that he may have to recuse himself from the matter, which he took charge of only after Attorney General Jeff Sessions' own recusal, sources tell ABC News.
But Mr Rosenstein, too, may ultimately have to end his oversight, given his role in Mr Trump's decision to fire Mr Comey.
Trump has repeatedly tweeted about the Russian Federation investigation, last week calling the probe a "witch hunt".
The order also covers separate inquiries into several key Trump associates including former national security adviser Michael Flynn, campaign adviser Paul Manafort, foreign policy aide Carter Page and outside adviser Roger Stone.
The president's defenders have also been attacking Mueller, who served presidents of both parties as Federal Bureau of Investigation director.