The New York Times has gone to court to try to get copies of documents created by fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey after his conversations with President Donald Trump. "Witch Hunt", he wrote. Trump tweets. Echoing tweets from Thursday, he concludes by adding: "Witch Hunt".
In a statement many have described as "odd", Rosenstein warned the US 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. "The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations", his statement reads.
On Wednesday, The Washington Post reported that the special counsel overseeing the Russian Federation investigation is widening its probe to include a look at whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice.
When Rosenstein appeared before the House Appropriations Committee this week, he stated that Comey's firing could very well become a factor for Mueller's investigation.
No explanation for the statement was given, but it came just hours after The Washington Post published a story saying Mueller's inquiry is now looking at the finances and business dealings of Jared Kushner, Trump's son-in-law and a key adviser to the president.
Robert Mueller, the man chosen to take over the inquest as special investigator, had started investigating into president Trump's behaviour.
Mueller took over the DOJ Russia probe after a chain of events set in motion by Trump, Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Trump fired Comey on May 9. Two months later, at Trump's urging, Rosenstein wrote a letter to the president detailing his belief that Comey should be fired.
His time under Bush, Obama and then Trump made him the longest-serving US attorney in the nation's history when he was confirmed to his current role under Sessions.
A spokesman for Trump's personal lawyer in the Russian Federation matter Marc Kasowitz said, "The FBI leak of information regarding the President is outrageous, inexcusable and illegal".
In a tweet, the President also accused the U.S deputy attorney general of pursuing a "witch hunt".
If that is the case, it could be part of what appears to be a pattern of statements that are meant to back the president. As Trump still struggles to acknowledge, the US intelligence community is fully convinced that Russian Federation carried out an attack on our democracy.
"In the twilight of the Bush administration, we don't need an acting USA attorney in Maryland", Mikulski said at the time. "In fact, when I made a decision to just do it, I said to myself, I said 'you know, this Russian Federation thing with Trump and Russian Federation is a made-up story, '" Trump said.
Rod Rosenstein probably never expected to be in the spotlight so often while serving in President Donald Trump's administration.
The special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russia's role in the 2016 election is interviewing senior intelligence officials as part of a widening probe that now includes an examination of whether President Trump attempted to obstruct justice, officials said.