Donald Trump tweeted Friday that he is being investigated for firing Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, describing the probe as a "witch hunt". "Witch Hunt", Trump wrote on Twitter, referring to his May 9 dismissal of James Comey.
As The Hill reported, Mueller was appointed special counsel last month to head the Russian election tampering probe to bi-partisan support, but the Trump administration and its supporters have in recent days begun questioning Mueller's impartiality in conducting his investigation. Rosenstein is the only official who could do it because Attorney General Jeff Sessions previously recused himself from the probe into Russian interference in last year's presidential campaign and whether anyone close to Trump colluded with the Russians. "Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations". Among other roles, she was an official in the Justice Department's Office of Legal Policy under George W. Bush.
The White House confirmed that Mueller was among the candidates Trump interviewed to replace Comey. The intelligence committee is the lead congressional panel on the Russian Federation hacking scandal, including highly publicized hearings with fired FBI Director James Comey and Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Some of his ire is aimed at Mr Rosenstein and investigative special counsel Robert Mueller, both of whom the president believes are biased against him, associates say. He said Trump's statement on Twitter Friday was specifically in response to a story in The Washington Post about the expanding probe into Russia's election meddling.
On Friday morning, Trump, in a tweet, appeared to be attacking Rosenstein.
If an FBI investigation is focusing on interactions between Trump and Comey, withholding the memos is consistent with the intentions of FOIA, said Steven Afterwood, director of the Project on Government Secrecy at the Federation of American Scientists.
Mr Rosenstein has said privately he may need to recuse himself from matters relating to the Russian Federation probe because he could become a witness in the investigation, ABC News reported on Friday.
According to people briefed on his thinking, while Trump has left open the possibility of dismissing Mueller, his anger has been mostly trained on Sessions and Rosenstein.
A Trump confidant said this week the president had considered firing Mueller.
But the people briefed on the president's thinking said Trump also knows that firing Rosenstein would be politically unsafe. So far, he said, Mueller had done nothing to warrant removal.
If Rosenstein recuses himself, Brand, a Trump appointee, would become the top Justice official overseeing Mueller's work.
The statement implies that there is a possible internal investigation about conversations between President Donald Trump and Comey, but it wasn't clarified.
Rosenstein also has authority to fire Mueller, if he finds evidence of good cause. Trump had viewed Sessions' recusal as unnecessary, even though Justice Department regulations made it nearly impossible to avoid.