As the investigation expands, that raises the possibility that Rosenstein may recuse himself from that role, since he wrote the memo justifying Comey's firing.
Rosenstein is hopeful that his leadership will restore the bureau's reputation. This was the week the investigation of Russia's involvement in the 2016 election reached the Oval Office - and Trump himself. Rosenstein last month appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel overseeing the probe.
In his latest series of tweets, the U.S. President Donald Trump says he is now under investigation for firing former FBI Director James Comey, appearing to accuse the deputy attorney general of launching a "witch hunt" against him. What is clear is that he could order the Justice Department to ax Mueller, which may result in Rosenstein's departure and would certainly intensify the uproar over the investigation.
The president has denied that he has any nefarious ties to Russian Federation and has also disputed that he's attempted to block the investigation into his campaign's possible role in Russia's election-related hacking.
"Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true and stories attributed to anonymous 'officials, '" Rosenstein said. Last night, Rosenstein put out an unusual statement telling Americans to be skeptical about anonymous allegations and stories based on unnamed sources.
Spicer also defended Rosenstein, telling Fox Business on the night of the firing that he is "someone who has earned bipartisan support and most recently served as the U.S. attorney for Maryland under President Obama".
Mueller's spokesman said the team, which is still being assembled, has begun its investigation and interviews.
The NSA said in a statement that it will "fully cooperate with the special counsel" and declined to comment further. "However, nothing has changed". Rosenstein told The Associated Press this month he would recuse himself from any oversight of Mueller if he were to become a subject of the probe. ABC said Rosenstein told Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand she would have authority over the probe if he were to step aside. Right now, that's Dana Boente, who is also acting as head of the department's National Security Division.
His time under Bush, Obama and then Trump made him the longest-serving USA attorney in the nation's history when he was confirmed to his current role under Sessions. "So here's what you have", Sekulow said. "It's not just you want the investigation to go away [or] you suggest that the investigation goes away - you've got to take really affirmative action".
Amid frenzied speculation that he was about to fire the special counsel or Rosenstein or both, a seemingly unconcerned Trump set out to celebrate the second anniversary of the launch of his incredible presidential run with a vow to "Make America Great Again".