"I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!"
On Wednesday, The Washington Post reported that Trump was under investigation for obstruction of justice, citing unnamed officials.
Rosenstein's statement also came hours before an ABC report that claimed the deputy attorney general had said he might need to recuse himself from Mueller's probe. The move by special counsel Robert S. Mueller III to investigate Trump's conduct marks a major turning point in the almost year-old FBI investigation, which until recently focused on Russian meddling during the presidential campaign and on whether there was any coordination between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin.
The order by the general counsel for the transition team casts a wide net on documents that could shed light on ties between Trump's presidential campaign and representatives of Russia's government. In a series of tweets on Friday morning the president confirmed that he was being investigated for firing James Comey on May 9th.
President Donald Trump speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, June 15, 2017, during an event on Apprenticeship and Workforce of Tomorrow initiatives.
Mueller continues to hire a team of lawyers, and with FBI investigators is gathering information that is widely expected to lead to a formal investigation into whether President Trump attempted to interfere in the investigation. Mueller may want to learn about Trump's conversations with Rosenstein, the Justice Department official who wrote the memo criticizing Comey's performance before his firing on May 9. The official demanded anonymity because the official was not authorized to be named discussing the deliberations. Trump fired Comey in May. If Trump begins firing such people and the GOP's political position keeps eroding-pay attention to the special election in Georgia on Tuesday-maybe more Republicans will start to wonder if it's time for President Pence. 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.
Mr Pence hired criminal lawyer Richard Cullen as special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation intensifies.
Trump ignored shouted questions from reporters about the ongoing Russian Federation controversy as he departed the White House Friday for Miami. Attorneys at WilmerHale also represent family members of President Donald Trump, according to Politico.
"Why is that Hillary Clintons family and Dems dealings with Russian Federation are not looked at, but my non-dealings are?" he asked at one point. "I can go around them", he tweeted.
If Rosenstein recuses himself, Brand, a Trump appointee, would become the top Justice official overseeing Mueller's work. Trump's tweet immediately sparked concern in Congress he might try to do so.
He had likened the appointment of the special counsel with the "single greatest witch hunt of a politician in American history".