Yet Trump's angry tweets on Friday underscored the near-impossible challenge his advisers and legal team have in trying to get him to avoid weighing in on an active investigation.
Rosenstein's unusual statement, which he issued over the objections of some advisers, said in part: "Americans should exercise caution before accepting as true any stories attributed to anonymous 'officials'". "The Department of Justice has a long-established policy to neither confirm nor deny such allegations".
Rosenstein took over the investigation after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself because he was a Trump campaign surrogate.
The White House had confirmed that Mr Mueller was among the candidates Mr Trump interviewed to replace Mr Comey.
Several of the lawyers on Mueller's team are current Department of Justice officials: Michael Dreeben, is the deputy solicitor general who has argued more than 100 cases before the Supreme Court; Andrew Weissmann, a former director of the Enron Task Force, heads the Criminal Division's fraud section; and Lisa Page, a former trial lawyer who worked in the organized crime and gang section.
Robert Mueller, the special counsel named by the department to investigate the Russian Federation matter, is now examining whether Trump or others sought to obstruct the probe, a person familiar with the inquiry said on Thursday. Rosenstein appointed special counsel Robert Mueller to directly oversee the probe.
As the legal rope has tightened, Trump's allies have gone on the offensive, questioning Mueller's credibility and floating the idea he may be fired.
It was unclear whether his tweet about being under investigation was based on direct knowledge or new media reports that suggest Mueller is examining whether the president obstructed justice by firing Comey.
The widened Russian Federation probe could have far-reaching repercussions for Trump's presidency, transforming his closest aides into witnesses and sucking yet more political oxygen out of the West Wing.
Trump has vehemently denied any collusion between himself or any of his associates and Russian Federation. They acknowledged he was criticizing the anonymously sourced Post report-but stopped short of saying he was disputing it.
In another development, members of Trump's transition team were ordered Thursday to preserve documents and other materials related to the investigation of Russian interference in the election, according to a memo obtained by The New YorkTimes.
"I appointed him. I stand by that decision", Rosenstein said.
Sekulow said Trump "is not and has not been under investigation". The memo asks for preservation of electronic communications and data, telephone logs, audio recordings, videos, calendars and other items. The new details are included in a financial disclosure that Trump voluntarily submitted Friday to the Office of Government Ethics, the first snapshot of the Trump Organization's finances after its longtime leader became president.
Both sides need an agreement to keep trade flowing between the world's biggest trading bloc and the fifth largest global economy. The spokesman added that although some issues would be given early priority "the withdrawal and future are intimately linked".
Nella ripresa il Portogallo ci prova, ma trova sulla sua strada un grande Ochoa, che dice di no al milanista André Silva . Non basta, perché Hector Moreno in pieno recupero di testa, su calcio d'angolo, beffa il Portogallo .
He finally had surgery in 2013, but the doctor removed the healthy testicle and left his patient in a much worse condition. Steven Hanes , 54, was awarded $870,000 four years after a doctor allegedly removed the wrong testicle during an operation.
Those warnings, which were issued on Saturday afternoon, also included tornado warnings for the London, Toronto and Durham areas. Environment Canada is warning people in Gatineau and parts of central and eastern Ontario to be aware of possible tornadoes.
The document says match officials should be stricter on the rule which allows goalkeepers to hold the ball for six seconds. Abolish encroachment at penalty kicks by ordering play to stop after it is saved or rebounds from the post or bar.
US Defense Secretary Jim Mattis said on Monday he would present options on Afghanistan to President Donald Trump "very soon". A week earlier, a Taliban infiltrator killed three USA troops in eastern Afghanistan.
He's drawn throngs of cameras with his updates on Cosby's mood and assertions that the comedian isn't getting a fair shake. Before he sent them back to the hotel (where the Pittsburgh-based jurors are being sequestered) around 9:30 p.m.
But security was slightly more relaxed than it was on June 15, when his brother appeared before the JIT. The JIT alleged that the government was using its official machinery to hamper its investigation.
Wind howling as final round at Erin Hills gets under way
The ball landed on the front of the green just soft enough that it rolled out 8 feet by the hole. "I've pictured winning the U.S. Morgan shot 77 and, remarkably, still had the lead at 4-under 212. "That fifth shot on the 18th was the best shot all day".
Justin Thomas makes US Open history
Ironically, Erin Hills, the newest jewel in the Wisconsin golf scene, hasn't been Stricker's best friend this week. He sank 11-foot putts for birdies on both 14 and 15 and drained a 26-footer for a birdie on 17.
Caso Donnarumma, Raiola parlerà nel pomeriggio
Qualunque gesto che ha fatto e qualunque frase ha detto o scritto l'ha fatto davvero per amore del Milan . Adesso cerchiamo un portiere da Milan . " Se gli interessa un portiere noi siamo qui ".
Macron eyes next stage in revolution in parliament polls
Experts partly blamed voter fatigue following the May 7 election of Macron, plus voter disappointment with politics. Interior Ministry data showed turnout was 35.33 percent at 1500 GMT, 10 points lower than at the same time in 2012.
Toll in last week's Kabul truck bomb now over 150
There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the bombing but Afghanistan alleged Pakistani involvement in the blast. A suspected bomb outside a mosque in Herat also killed at least seven people and wounded 15, police said.
Gunfire heard at Mali resort area popular with foreigners
In 2012, Mali's north was seized by jihadi groups linked to al-Qaida who hijacked a rebel uprising by ethnic Tuaregs. Patrik Steiger said he had "strictly no information" about French military involvement in the incident in Bamako .
Legislative, urne aperte per il secondo turno
Le proiezioni sono in continuo movimento e non è detto che il numero dei deputati di maggiornaza non possa salire ulteriormente. La leader del Front National ha vinto il ballottaggio contro l'avversaria di En Marche! nella circoscrizione di Pas-de-Calais.