President Donald Trump continued a campaign on Twitter on Friday against the investigations into possible links between his campaign and Russian Federation. 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.
Here's the tweet: "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!"
The latest White House crisis struck on the evening of Mr Trump's 71st birthday, after a day in which he had won plaudits for his handling of the shooting of Republican Congressman Steve Scalise.
The former USA attorney for Maryland is understood to have played a key role in President Donald Trump's dismissal of former Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey, with the White House citing a memo in which Rosenstein raised concerns over Comey's performance.
Hours later, a source close to Trump's outside legal team said Trump did not intend his tweet to be confirmation of the investigation but rather was reacting to a Washington Post story on Wednesday about the probe. We already know the names of most of the players, from Jeff Sessions to Robert Mueller.
According to the Washington Post and the Wall Street Journal, Ledgett compiled a memo in which he retold the contents of Trump's telephone conversation with Coates, in which the president asked publicly state that his campaign headquarters was not colluding with Russian Federation.
Trump was set to escape the Washington pressure cooker today.
A Justice Department official, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss internal matters, said that no one had asked Rosenstein to make the statement and that he acted on his own.
A weekend at the rustic mountain getaway is a far cry from the president's normal routine of jetting off to one of his lavish resorts, mainly Mar-a-Lago in Florida.
Vice President Mike Pence has also hired a private lawyer to represent his interests in the expanding probe.
Pence tapped far-from-average lawyer Richard Cullen, who litigated the 1980s Iran-Contra scandal, the Watergate affair and the 2000 vote recount in Florida.
"It would be fascinating, of course, to see the Comey memos", said Project on Government Secrecy Director Steven Afterwood.
Both Trump's subtle threats and Rosenstein's involvement in Comey's firing might lead the deputy AG to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation.
Mr Rosenstein has said privately he may need to recuse himself from matters relating to the Russian Federation probe because he could become a witness in the investigation, ABC News reported on Friday. "However, nothing has changed", said Ian Prior, a Justice Department spokesman. Dianne FeinsteinDianne FeinsteinDem: Congress will begin impeachment if Trump fires Mueller, Rosenstein Dem senator "increasingly concerned" Trump will try to fire Mueller, Rosenstein Trump fires at deputy attorney general MORE (D-Calif.) issued a similar warning.
"He's in for a rude awakening" if he thinks he can shut down the investigation that way, said Feinstein.
Not all of Trump's social media followers are supporters. "That combination of things I had never experienced before, but it led me to believe I gotta write it down and I gotta write it down in a detailed way".
Mueller broadened the probe with the President now under investigation for obstruction of justice in probe regarding possible collusion by his campaign with the Kremlin.
The president has long vehemently denied any collusion with Moscow, either by himself or his associates.