President Trump acknowledged he's under investigation Friday in his latest Twitter spree - again insisting that there's a "witch hunt" against him for axing FBI director James Comey. Now, ABC News reports that Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, who replaced Sessions in supervising the Department of Justice's investigation into Trump-Russia collusion, knows that he might have to recuse himself, too.
"Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous 'officials, ' particularly when they do not identify the country - let alone the branch or agency of government - with which the alleged sources supposedly are affiliated".
"Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations", Rosenstein said.
US President Donald Trump announced he is under investigation and appeared to attack a senior Department of Justice official Friday, as the federal investigation consuming his administration gathered pace.
That news appears to have infuriated the president, who also lashed out at the media on a day that aides hoped would be focused on his decision to undo some of Barack Obama's detente with Cuba.
The story cites five officials, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.
A close Trump associate said this week the president was considering firing Mueller, although the White House later denied it.
"Even his staunchest supporters will balk at such a blatant effort to subvert the law", Feinstein said.
In a May 9 memo, Rosenstein lambasted then-FBI Director James Comey for his handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton's private email server. Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, sent out spokespeople and surrogates with a far-fetched cover story to explain the dismissal, and then told NBC's Lester Holt that the real reason for the firing was Comey's pursuit of the Russian Federation investigation.
The Senate Intelligence Committee is holding a public hearing next week to gather more information on Russia's interference in last year's elections.
The Twitter storm comes as it emerged Vice President Mike Pence had also hired a personal lawyer to represent him in the intensifying investigation.
This article has been updated with text from Rosenstein's memo and to note he has mentioned he may need to recuse himself. But Rosenstein, too, may ultimately have to hand off oversight of the probe given his own role in Comey's firing. "However, nothing has changed".
If Trump's goal is to limit Mueller's probe or force him out, Republican Senator John McCain of Arizona said this week, "that would be disastrous for him". In [a] recent meeting with Brand, Rosenstein told her that if he were to recuse himself, she would have to step in and take over those responsibilities.
Trump's tweet Friday reflected the first official confirmation that he is being investigated by the special counsel for the reasons he fired Comey last month. An official of Trump's transition confirmed the lawyer's internal order, which was sent Thursday.
As the legal rope has tightened, Trump's allies have gone on the offensive, questioning Mueller's credibility and floating the idea he may be fired.
The Post reports the other members include: 'former national security adviser Michael Flynn, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and Carter Page, who was listed as a foreign-policy adviser for the campaign'. Cohen has received a subpoena from one of the congressional committees looking into the Russian Federation issue.
Comey said he typed notes describing the conversations because he was anxious Trump "might lie" later about them.