Rosenstein took over the Russian Federation investigation and appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel after Attorney General Jeff SessionsJeff SessionsWhite House: "The president has confidence in everyone who serves in this administration" The Hill's 12:30 Report This week: Senate plots path on healthcare MORE recused himself.
That follows the line of thinking by Trump's personal attorney, Jay Sekulow, who said on a number of Sunday news shows that Trump wasn't under investigation.
Law enforcement sources say that Mueller is gathering information and still deciding whether to launch a full-blown investigation looking into whether or not the president committed an obstruction of justice. In the subsequent furor over Comey's dismissal - largely stoked by Trump's conflicting reasons for firing the director, which first adopted but then parted company with Rosenstein's memo - Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel. The attorney also maintained that there could not be any investigation into Trump's firing of James Comey as FBI director because the president had full constitutional authority to oust the agency head.
But Rosenstein could become a witness in the special counsel's investigation, potentially leading to his recusal.
Sekulow sidestepped Cuomo's charge, returning to his claim that the president's reasons for firing Comey could not be investigated given that the Federal Bureau of Investigation director serves at the pleasure of the president.
Sekulow noted that "Fox News Sunday" host Chris Wallace had pushed him hard on whether Trump is under investigation, "and his first question is have you been notified of an investigation, and the answer, as I said, is no".
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"Look, you're asking me to pick up the phone on an investigation we don't even know exists", Sekulow said.
A simple tweet from President Donald Trump is keeping the Russian Federation investigation in the headlines. Schiff said he wants the White House to acknowledge the tapes or make clear there are no tapes and "it was an idle threat".
Taking to Twitter last Sunday while spending the weekend at the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland, Trump again referenced the "distraction of the Witch Hunt". But he can't seem to decide whether Trump is under investigation or not.
The FBI "doesn't sit around all day and read tweets", said Rubio, a Republican from Florida who's a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee. Angus King, an independent from ME, stressed that the probe will likely last for a long time. I didn't say investigation...
Schiff also said he believes recent congressional testimony from Comey and Attorney General Jeff Sessions points to signs of possible obstruction by Trump that warrant further investigation.
"Number two, I think when you study elections, 10 years from now, five years from now in government courses and political management courses, what the president did utilizing social media will be in the history books as the most successful utilization of social media platforms and communication in our lifetime".