President Donald Trump complained in a furious Friday morning tweet that he was being investigated for firing former FBI Director James Comey and seemed to accuse the deputy attorney general of overseeing a "witch hunt" against him.
Trump could be referring to the fact that it was Rosenstein who made the decision to appoint former FBI director Robert Mueller III as special counsel to oversee the Russian Federation investigation, and that Rosenstein has the power to fire Mueller for "good cause".
Mr Mueller was appointed as special counsel to investigate Moscow's involvement in the presidential election past year and possible collusion by Trump campaign associates with the Russians, but there has been no indication that Mr Mueller told the president to fire Mr Comey.
Rosenstein was the author of the memo that made the case for Comey's firing, and now leads the Russian Federation investigation after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the investigation.More news: Shooter went to GOP baseball practice with list of names
This morning, Trump said via his favorite means of communication that he is being investigated by the man who told him to fire the FBI Director.
Special counsel Robert Mueller and several congressional panels are investigating the Russian Federation issue, which has cast a shadow over the early months of Trump's presidency.
In a sign of the newfound seriousness of Mueller's investigation, Vice President Mike Pence's office confirmed that he has hired an attorney to deal with the special counsel investigation. Mueller is a former Federal Bureau of Investigation director.
Eight hours later, after a busy day meeting governors and witnessing the formal investiture of his pick for the Supreme Court, Trump returned to the topic again in two tweets suggesting Hillary Clinton, his Democratic opponent in the election, should be under investigation instead of him.More news: Hurricane center says storm 'likely' to develop in Gulf soon
"This is a political fight and he's going to fight it", a White House official said regarding president's Friday's tweets. Trump lashed out on Twitter, calling the news a "witch hunt" and a "phony story".
She was appointed to the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight board in 2012 by President Obama, then appointed to the associate attorney general position by Trump.
Trump on Thursday fired of a series of tweets describing the Russian Federation investigation as a "witch hunt" and he inquired to as to why Hillary Clinton's alleged dealings with Russian Federation were not being investigated.More news: Sabres expected to name Phil Housley as next head coach
The lawyer, Richard Cullen, is a former Virginia attorney general and a former USA attorney for the eastern district of Virginia.