Rosenstein made it clear in public statements and in congressional testimony that the new special counsel, though tasked with the Russian Federation investigation, could follow the evidence where it took him if related to that probe.
The Washington Post, citing unidentified officials, has reported that the special counsel Robert Mueller is investigating Trump for a possible obstruction of justice as part of the widening probe, which Trump previously blasted as "phony".
HORSLEY: And the memo was all about the way Comey dealt with the email investigation of Hillary Clinton previous year.
The White House took two days to express confidence in Sessions as attorney general after repeated media queries and the Justice Department declined to comment on reports Sessions had offered to resign.
The White House confirmed Mr Mueller was among the candidates the president interviewed to replace Mr Comey.
Mueller investigation appeared to be reaching a broadening circle of current and former officials.
"President fires special counsel investigating his campaign aides for colluding with Russia"?
In a series of statements on Twitter on Thursday, Mr Trump repeated his claim that Mr Mueller's investigation is a "WITCH HUNT" based on the "phoney" premise of possible collusion between Russian Federation and a cadre of Trump campaign associates.
Rod Rosenstein probably never expected to be in the spotlight so often while serving in President Donald Trump's administration.
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KEITH: In that same interview, Trump said that the Russian Federation investigation had been on his mind when he chose to fire Comey.
"In recent days, the president has told his staff, his visitors, and his outside advisers that he was increasingly convinced Mueller, like Comey, his successor as director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, was part of a "witch hunt" by partisans who wanted to see him weakened or forced from office", the daily said.
Now, here comes this odd statement, which urges Americans to cast doubt upon any "anonymous allegations" that come from purported USA government officials. "FBI director" James Comey in a tweet Friday morning, once again calling the investigation a "witch hunt".
Pres. Trump says being investigated by "man who told me to fire the FBI Director!" "Nice", the President tweeted.
The Justice Department's investigation into Russian involvement in the 2016 election is looking at Kushner's multiple roles in the Trump administration, including the Trump campaign's 2016 data analytics operation; his relationship with former national security adviser Michael Flynn; and Kushner's own contacts with Russians, according to United States officials briefed on the probe.
KEITH: And that might explain why Rosenstein is now apparently the target of Trump's ire.
Rosenstein also has authority to fire Mueller, if he finds evidence of good cause.
A special counsel is probing the 2016 presidential election and whether there were any contacts between Russians and the Trump campaign.
The president tweeted Friday, "The Fake News Media hates when I use what has turned out to be my very powerful Social Media - over 100 million people! But I'm absolutely confident that Bob Mueller is not appointing people with these significant professional achievements because they're Democrats".