Special counsel Robert Mueller, appointed to investigate Russia's interference in the election, is investigating whether Trump attempted to obstruct justice throughout the course of the almost year-long investigation, The Washington Post reported Wednesday. Mueller has scheduled meetings with top intelligence officials to determine whether the President tried to pressure them to shut down the Russian Federation investigation.
Rosenstein, 52, has kept a relatively low profile throughout his decades working inside the Justice Department, a fact that likely helped him win bipartisan approval weeks ago when 94 senators voted to confirm his appointment to deputy attorney general. Rosenstein also said that he saw no reason to relieve Mueller from his special counsel duties.
ABC News reported that Mr Rosenstein has told colleagues privately that he may have to step aside from the investigation. She was sworn-in little more than a month ago.
President Donald Trump's transition team has been ordered to preserve materials related to ongoing investigations into alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US election, the New York Times reported on Friday, as Trump again assailed the probes.
Citing a memo from the general counsel's office of Trump's transition team, the Times said members were given the order on Thursday for any information involving Russian Federation or Ukraine in the latest sign of the investigation's expanding reach. Trump cited the memo in firing Comey.
Do you ever have any question about anything you wish to ask and get answer? He lashed out at a top Justice Department official overseeing the inquiry, reflecting his mounting frustration with the unrelenting controversy that has consumed his early presidency. Any serious contemplation of recusal likely wouldn't happen unless Rosenstein seeks such an opinion.
Mueller is now leading the investigation into whether Russian Federation interfered in the 2016 presidential election. He said he believes Mr Trump ultimately fired him "because of the Russian Federation investigation".
US President Donald Trump said that he was being investigated for his decision last month to fire the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, media reports said.
While Trump is saying that he "is being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director", that is not the case. "I think the best vindication for the president is to let this investigation go on independently".
Rosenstein hasn't spoken with Mueller since, he told lawmakers last week.
In an unusual move, Mr Rosenstein issued a statement on Thursday urging caution about reports based on "unnamed sources".
In a statement many have described as "odd", Rosenstein warned the USA public to "exercise caution" before trusting media reports citing anonymous officials, despite the fact that the Trump administration continues to use them in official statements to the media.
"Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations", Rosenstein said.