In testimony on March 20, Comey told congress that the Federal Bureau of Investigation was looking at members of Trump's campaign team and his associates for potential collusion with Russian Federation to influence the election.
"I'm not going to answer hypothetical questions", Rosenstein said.
But Rosenstein could end up recusing himself, too, Justice officials say, in part because he played a role in President Donald Trump's firing of FBI Director James Comey.
The president has directed some of his frustration at Rosenstein and Mueller. Sen.
"Earlier, Rosenstein had authored an extensive and publicly-released memorandum recommending former FBI-chief James Comey's firing".
According to Comey, Trump was referring to the FBI's investigation into Mike Flynn, who was sacked himself as national security adviser months earlier for allegedly lying to White House officials about his post-election contacts with Russian operatives. They didn't explain how they'd push that idea through a Republican Congress.
"Failure to follow these protocols could result in criminal or civil penalties, and could form the basis of legal claims, legal presumptions, or jury instructions relating to spoliation of evidence", the memo warns former Trump transition team members. The tweet in question was the last of four tweets Trump sent out about the investigation.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein criticized the use of anonymous sources in news stories - casting doubt on recent reports about special counsel Robert Mueller's expanding probe into the Trump campaign and Russia, Politicoreported.
Reports have been mounting that Mueller is investigating Trump for potential obstruction of justice related to his firing of Comey.
Rosenstein would probably refuse. Based on what we know about this president's Twitter habits I think it's more likely that Trump is simply reacting to the press accounts of the investigation, not actually confirming them. She was appointed by former President Barack Obama to serve on the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board and worked as an assistant attorney general in the George W. Bush administration, according to WHO-TV. "This is the attorney full employment act", Heck said.
If Rosenstein were to recuse himself, the responsibility of overseeing the special counsel would fall to the department's third-highest-ranking official, Rachel Lee Brand, who was confirmed a month ago to be associate attorney general.
That would leave Sessions himself. During an interview with NBC two days later, Trump said he fired Comey because "this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story". But the counter-pressure would also be strong. That happened after Sessions disclosed previously unreported contacts with the Russian ambassador during the 2016 presidential campaign.
One of Donald Trump's lawyers insisted Sunday that the president was not under criminal investigation as part of the sweeping probe into Russia's alleged meddling in American elections, despite the U.S. leader's tweets angrily calling the whole saga a "distraction". Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House intelligence committee, said on ABC's "This Week" that the panel is looking forward to getting a response from the White House on whether recordings exist.
Wind howling as final round at Erin Hills gets under way
It had been a tightly packed leaderboard throughout the third day with six or seven players regularly holding that top spot. The course had been softened by rain earlier in the week, and it finally played the way the USGA wanted in the final round.
Pakistan set 339 for India
It's a young team, credit goes to my boys, this tournament can be a great booster for us. I got to one final with Pakistan , and eventually got a medal".
2nd LD: Protesters storm local town hall over London fire
A firefighter who battled an intense blaze devouring a 24-storey apartment building in London has been left wishing he did more. The latest figure included the previously released number of 30 deaths in the catastrophe in North Kensington early Wednesday.
Russia says Trump is using 'Cold War rhetoric' on Cuba
Trump is leaving in place most of the important elements of Obama's moves to open relations with the island. Indeed, last week, the US Senate voted overwhelmingly to support new sanctions against Russian Federation .
Koepka unsurprised by Thomas record
The major's top 13 golfers range from seven-under-par 209 to Brian Harman's 204, and the top 17 are at six-under 210 or better. First was this absurd putt on the 5th hole, where he lined up facing away from the hole and used the slope to sink a birdie.
The US Open: 5 Things to Watch on Sunday
Open's final round on Sunday as heavy winds pummeled the layout, adding an intriguing wrinkle to the year's second major. The tournament was never really in doubt after that, though the wind arrived and Kaymer couldn't maintain the pace.
Amir, Fakhar lead Pakistan to Champions Trophy triumph
The left-arm pacer extracted movement both in the air and off the pitch and quite a few of his deliveries were nearly unplayable. By the time Pandya was run out in the 27th over following a terrible mix-up, the match was as good as done and dusted.
Kite looks back on windy final round at Pebble
The 30-year old Harman fired six birdies and just one bogey, only his second dropped shot of the week in an impressive round. Open but still surrendered the third-round lead to fellow American Brian Harman on a helter-skelter Saturday at Erin Hills.