Last month, Rosenstein sent a memo to Trump raising concerns over FBI Director James Comey - concerns the White House then cited as a central reason for Comey's firing.
"Current and former leaders in the intelligence community have repeatedly said there's been no effort to impede the investigation in any way", Ronna Romney McDaniel, chairwoman of the Republican National Committee, said in a statement. The White House has denied any collusion. But Rosenstein, too, may ultimately have to hand off oversight given his role in Trump's decision to fire Comey.
"The way the director handled the conclusion of the email investigation was wrong", Rosenstein wrote, failing to acknowledge the fact Trump cheered Comey's inquiry of Clinton on during the 2016 campaign.
Sessions quite rightly decided that he had a conflict of interest, since his role in the Trump campaign might be scrutinized as a part of the FBI's investigation.
Though, those suspicions looked ready to end when Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, told a Senate subcommittee he saw "no cause" to remove Mueller from his position, according to the New York Daily News.
Former independent counsel Ken Starr called the prospect of firing Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller an "insult to the Founding Fathers" in a Washington Post op-ed published Thursday night.
The news comes one day after Rosenstein affirmed his support for the special counsel, despite recent reports that Trump was weighing Mueller's dismissal.
It was reported earlier this week that #Robert Mueller is investigating the US president for obstruction of justice after he reportedly asked then-FBI director #James Comey to drop the investigation of Michael Flynn.
But before leaving, the president of the United States fired up Twitter, responding to reports he's under investigation for possible obstruction of justice.
The point is that Mueller's investigation is broadening, not narrowing. "Mueller and Rod Rosenstein?".
Trump's Twitter response followed days of intensifying criticism of Mueller from some conservatives who have charged the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director and his team with political bias and have claimed his relationship to Comey and an earlier meeting with Trump amount to conflicts of interest.
Trump said on Twitter, calling the probe into him a "Witch Hunt".
Yesterday, after US President Donald Trump denied obstruction of justice allegations made against him within the investigation into his relationship with Russian Federation and for firing Comey, today (Friday), Trump is painting a different picture.
Rosenstein, in office for less than two months, is the top Justice official overseeing the probe because Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself. All of those stories included information attributed to officials who, unsurprisingly, requested anonymity.
HORSLEY: No. I don't know what explains this statement. "I think it would be an absolute disaster if the president were to move forward and fire the special counsel", Sen.
Note: An earlier version of this article incorrectly described the chain of command within the Justice Department. ABC said Rosenstein told Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand she would have authority over the probe if he were to step aside.
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