Wide consensus among the US intelligence community asserts that Russian President Vladimir Putin sought to undermine America's electoral process.
The senior Justice Department official with ultimate authority over the special counsel's probe of Russia's alleged meddling in the 2016 election has privately acknowledged to colleagues that he may have to recuse himself from the matter, which he took charge of only after Attorney General Jeff Sessions' own recusal, sources tell ABC News. They have tried to highlight the positive reviews he received Wednesday when he made a statesman-like appearance in the White House to address the nation after Rep. Steve Scalise was shot during a congressional baseball practice.
Comey told a Senate panel last week he believed Trump had directed him to drop an agency investigation into Flynn. He ends the short statement by pointing out that the Department of Justice has a policy of neither confirming or denying "any such allegations".
The Fox News star dismissed the Post's reporting saying, the newspaper is "once again citing anonymous sources as if they haven't been wrong enough recently".
A Trump confidant said this week the president had considered firing Mueller.
Mr. Rosenstein took over the investigation into whether Russian Federation tried to tip the U.S election in favour of Mr. Trump after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself in March.
Sen. Dianne Feinstein, the top Democrat on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said she was "increasingly concerned" that Trump will fire both Mueller and Rosenstein.
"Oh, I was gonna fire regardless of recommendation", President Donald Trump said. Comey later revealed that he orchestrated a disclosure of details about conversations with Trump to prompt the appointment of a special counsel. 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.
Trump's tweets came after the top lawyer for his transition team warned the organization's officials to preserve all records and other materials related to the Russian Federation probe.
Donald Trump's transition team has been asked to retain records related to five former campaign associates, including former chairman Paul Manafort.
Mueller is investigating whether anyone on Trump's campaign, or associated with it, with him or any of his businesses, may have had any illegal dealings with Russian officials or others with ties to the Kremlin, said one US official familiar with the rough outlines of the probe and who spoke on condition of anonymity.
During an appearance in Florida on Friday, Vice President Mike Pence said his hiring of his own lawyer to help him in the Russian Federation inquiry was a "very routine" move. The letter to campaign officials was signed by Michael Glassner, the Trump campaign's executive director, and sent in an envelope from the Jones Day law firm, which the campaign retained to field inquiries from investigators, according to a copy of the letter obtained by CNN.
Trump's surrogates have launched a broad campaign to discredit Mueller, claiming conflicts of interest and that he has been bringing on prosecutors who have supported Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton.
Meanwhile, another lawyer, Washington veteran John Dowd, has joined the Trump legal team.