The White House initially said the memo was critical to the decision, but Mr Trump later later said it was irrelevant, because he'd made up his mind beforehand.
PresidentDonald Trump continued to fume this week over the continued attention paid to the Russian Federation probes, especially following a report that he's now under investigation for potential obstruction of justice.
The Republican leader also lashed out at the Justice Department's number two, the man tasked with organising the probe.
The Hill reports that the new team members are highly qualified. Comey told a Senate committee last week that those conversations convinced him that the president was attempting to pressure him into pledging fealty and easing up on a probe into former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn.
In March, Attorney General Jeff Sessions himself had recused himself based on his being involved in the Trump presidential campaign.
In a tweet Friday, Trump wrote (quote) "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director Witch Hunt". "Witch Hunt", the president wrote on Twitter.
Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, had written a memo castigating James Comey before Trump dismissed the Federal Bureau of Investigation director - a memo that the White House at first said was critical to the decision, before Trump suggested it was irrelevant because his mind was already made up.
A source on Trump's legal team attempted to clarify the missive, claiming he was reacting to media reports about the investigation rather than offering public confirmation.
The Trump International Hotel, which opened last fall just down the street from the White House, took in revenue of about $20 million.
The Russia issue has cast a shadow over Trump's five months in office.
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.
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.
The memo sent Thursday asks for records related to foreign travel, contacts with Russian "officials, agents or nationals" and background investigations into the top Trump associates now targeted by Mueller's probe.
The Democratic National Committee called on Rosenstein to recuse himself from the Russian Federation matter, but it said authority over the investigation should be given to Mueller and not another Trump appointee.
Officials familiar with the matter describe friction on the Justice Department's fourth and fifth floors, home to the suite of offices belonging to the deputy attorney general and the attorney general, respectively, in part because of Rosenstein's handling of the Russian Federation matter.
A Justice Department spokesman declined to comment on the tweet.
A Justice official said Rosenstein was motivated in part because of frustration that recent news stories have unfairly brought on a torrent of "leak" accusations against the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Mueller's team.
"Even his staunchest supporters will balk at such a blatant effort to subvert the law", Feinstein said. Pence headed the Trump transition until Inauguration Day.
But he has so far refused to curtail his social media postings.
They would nearly certainly agree with me and disagree with Turley, opposing any attempt through any means to execute a Saturday Night Massacre in any form or remove Mueller from the case in any way.
The tweets also are seen by some in the president's circle as the beginning of a case against the officials investigating him. Until now, the White House has been essentially silent on whether Trump was actually a target of a federal investigation.
He added, "I think the best vindication for the president is to let this investigation to go on independently and thoroughly". Lawyer Jay Sekulow, a member of Mr Trump's legal team, has also refused to rule out Mr Mueller's possible sacking.
There is a sense, from conversations with locals, that people have had enough with the VIP visits, even when it is the Queen. Mohammad Al-Hajali, 23, a refugee who fled Syria for the United Kingdom in 2014, was identified as another victim.
It was a matter of time for India to emerge victorious yet again against their nemesis Pakistan and register a 124 runs win. This was a view endorsed by Kohli during his pre-match press conference at Birmingham's Edgbaston ground on Saturday.
People aren't going quite that far just yet. "I ain't doing no slaying". "We played like we did", Durant replies with a smile. James' legacy as a Hall of Famer is surely already secure but aged 32 his window on a fourth Championship may be closing.
The police video begins in silence as Yanez followed a white Oldsmobile auto driven by Castile on a wide, lightly-traveled road. Yanez, 29, testified Friday that he clearly saw Castile's gun and that Castile disregarded his commands not to pull it out.
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Earlier, Foster said the talks were going well: 'We hope soon to be able to bring this work to a successful conclusion'. But the deal would be delayed until next week due to the fire incident in London .
Authorities in London said Saturday that 58 people missing are presumed dead from this week's fire disaster at a high-rise tower. She has promised to set up a public inquiry and pledged 5 million pounds ($6.40 million) to help the victims.
Was gunman ready to head home before congressman's shooting?
Scalise, 51, was in dire condition when he was first shot, but internal bleeding is under control and the prognosis is positive. Saclise's doctor, Jack Sava, said Scalise will need further operations but he is expected to be able to walk and run again.
Uber CEO Taking 'Undetermined' Leave From the Company
This follows recommendations made by former U.S. attorney general Eric Holder for a shake-up of the company's workplace practices. He said his "beliefs and approach to leadership" were "inconsistent" with those of the company.
Bill Cosby's Case Ends in Mistrial
Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Friday, June 16, 2017, in Norristown, Pa . The judge ordered them to try again , giving them instructions meant to motivate an undecided jury to come to a conclusion.
Durant shines as Warriors win title
Durant's 11 points and Golden State's attacking defensive work powered the surge. "I think we'll do it again next year". That's what we needed. "But we were able to keep our eyes open to someone who could make this whole thing complete".
Another Victory Parade for the Warriors
So, I'll have that mindset, KD's going to have that mindset". "Oakland represents all of us", Kerr told KTVU. And he said, "I'm just not - I just wasn't focused", he said.
Trump cries witch hunt amid Russian Federation probe
Donald Trump calls the Washington Post report that he was under investigation the single greatest witch hunt is U.S. history. Mr Trump denied those allegations, saying he would be more than willing to offer his own testimony under oath .
Andy Murray battles past Juan Martin Del Potro
But under a cloud-filled sky at Court Philippe Chatrier, Murray was looking more and more like the top-ranked player that he is. Carina Witthoeft turned up late for her third round match against second-seeded Karolina Pliskova at the French Open .
Minnesota officer acquitted in shooting of Philando Castile
Prosecutor John Choi, who made the decision to charge Yanez, said although he was disappointed, the verdict "must be respected". The immediate aftermath of Castile's shooting was captured on video recorded by Reynolds and broadcast on Facebook Live.
Champion Warriors might snub White House -- if invited
Stockbroker and CNBC personality Josh Brown tweeted that the Warriors would skip the White House visit, citing "reports". Several Warriors players and coaches have been outspoken in their criticism of President Donald Trump this season.
Rodman returns from "really good" North Korea trip
American student Otto Warmbier , center, is escorted at the Supreme Court in Pyongyang, North Korea, Wednesday, March 16, 2016. US President Donald Trump has made "solving" the peninsula's problem a top priority for his administration.