ABC News reported on Friday that Rosenstein recently discussed the possibility that he may have to recuse from any involvement in the special counsel probe, given his role in writing the Comey memo, with Associate Attorney General Rachel Brand.
Amid reports Donald Trump is unhappy with Special Counsel Robert Mueller's closeness with fired FBI Director James Comey, the top ethics lawyer from ex-President George W. Bush's administration said Saturday Vice President Mike Pence will "soon become" the next US president.
Trump didn't immediately elaborate on the tweet, but it appears he is referring to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, whose memo on fired FBI Director James Comey last month was initially used as justification for the termination.
The president's tweets came two years to the day after Trump first launched his improbable presidential bid by famously descending an escalator in Trump Tower in NY, and while his presidency is embroiled in crisis over the federal investigation led by Mueller into his campaign's ties to Russian Federation.
Reports have been mounting that Mueller is investigating Trump for potential obstruction of justice related to his firing of Comey.
"Why is that Hillary Clinton's family and Dems dealings with Russian Federation are not looked at, but my non-dealings are?" he asked. "Witch Hunt", Trump stated in a Twitter message.More news: Griner has 27, Mercury top Sky 86-78; Taurasi nears record
The president also called out the "Fake News Media" and boasted of his "very powerful "social media numbers, in his Friday morning tweets". An official of Trump's transition confirmed the laywer's internal order sent Thursday.
On Thursday, Trump appeared to criticize Mueller on Twitter saying the Russian Federation investigation being "led by some very bad and conflicted people".
Trump criticized an unnamed "man who told me to fire ..."
He also said it would be up to Mr Mueller to decide whether Mr Trump's action amounted to obstruction of justice, an act that could be cited in any effort in the Republican-led Congress to impeach him and remove him from office.
Mr. Trump's latest tweets drew a concerned statement from Sen.
At a congresional hearing last week, Comey confirmed that he told Trump three times that Trump was not being investigated as part of the Russia-collusion probe, and Trump tweeted "total and complete vindication" at that time.