Speculation that President Donald Trump plans to remove the special investigator looking into Russia's meddling with the presidential election has been rampant.
Barak Cohen, a former Justice Department lawyer and now a defence attorney specialising in white-collar crime and investigations, said there was no requirement that the special counsel notify Mr Trump he was under investigation, so the lack of such notice meant nothing. Comey said he took this "hope", coming from the president of the United States, as a direction. "That is an encompassing standard...that should be interpreted broadly so that the public will have maximum confidence in the outcome of the special counsel's work, however it winds up".
We do know, it's Rosenstein who appointed Bob Mueller as Special Counsel. New York Magazine pointed out, "During the Bush years, Brand first worked under White House counsel Alberto Gonzales (where she may have learned a thing or two about politicizing law enforcement), and then in the Justice Department's Office of Legal Policy". "This is just an effort to undermine the credibility of the special counsel".
President Trump now finds himself exactly where he doesn't want to be: under investigation by a dogged, highly respected prosecutor who owes him no personal or political loyalty.
Mueller's hires have experience in complicated investigations, including Watergate, Enron and Mafia prosecutions.
Appearing on a series of morning news programs, attorney Jay Sekulow repeatedly stressed that "the president has not been and is not under investigation". What is unclear from the disclosure is whether Trump added to his debt in any significant way to help pay for his presidential campaign.
Sessions quite rightly decided that he had a conflict of interest, since his role in the Trump campaign might be scrutinized as a part of the FBI's investigation. The White House denies any collusion. "There's no way I'd stick around and wait for someone to throw me under the bus".
"With this in mind", the memo said, "please immediately suspend any deletion, modification, overwriting, or other possible destruction of the information described above, including electronic information, and take all reasonable measures to preserve this information".
President Trump's lawyer stresses he is 'not under investigation' by FBI
Trump returned to the White House on Sunday after spending Father s Day weekend at the Camp David presidential retreat. The five people spoke on the condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the matter publicly.
"Americans should be skeptical about anonymous allegations", Mr Rosenstein said.
President Donald Trump put fresh pressure on the second-highest-ranking official at the Justice Department on Friday, raising concerns among the president's critics that Rod Rosenstein could be in danger of being fired, while others argued that if he stays he should recuse himself from his role overseeing the special-counsel probe that has engulfed the White House.
"Mueller is absolutely not compromised by his professional relationship with Comey", Painter said, according to the Hill.
Rosenstein serves under Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
"I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!"
Again, the legal community is split here.
ABC News reported Friday that Rosenstein has privately acknowledged he may need to recuse himself from the Russian Federation investigation but has yet to seek a formal opinion on the matter. "I think he's going to self-impeach".
"President Trump is hurting his own case every time he goes on [Twitter]", said a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Democrat Patrick Leahy of Vermont, on MSNBC.