The CNN legal analyst has used those words in discussing the possibility that President Donald Trump committed the act by firing FBI Director James Comey to impede the Russian Federation investigation.
The Timesreport added to the impression, given by Trump himself in a television interview last week, that the Russian Federation issue was a factor in firing Comey.
In his Congressional testimony, Rosenstein said that he strongly disagreed with a number of Comey's decisions regarding the investigation into former secretary of state Hillary Clinton's private email server. Mr. Trump had denied any collusion with the Russians.
Comey is expected to speak before the committee after May 29 - the end of Congress's Memorial Day break.
House of Representatives Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said in response to the reports "every day the president gives us more reason to believe that he does not respect the office that he holds".
The Washington Post story reported that the probe into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russian Federation had identified a senior White House adviser who is close to the president as a "significant person of interest".
The Washington Post, citing sources familiar with the matter, did not identify the senior Trump adviser except to say that the person of interest was close to Trump, a Republican who entered the White House four months ago.
White House press secretary Sean Spicer did not dispute the summary, saying in a statement that pressure applied by Comey had affected the President's diplomatic efforts with Russian Federation regarding Syria, Ukraine and the Islamic State.
After days of turmoil in Washington, the Justice Department announced the appointment on Thursday of a special counsel to look into Russian interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion by the Trump campaign.
As for the Times report, Corke reported that the White House is saying that the real story is not the content of the leaked conversations, but the fact that someone in the White House or intelligence community is leaking classified conversations.
Days after he won the U.S. presidential election last November, Donald Trump announced the nomination of Sessions as attorney general.
Across town, deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein was briefing the Senate about his decision to appoint former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller to lead the independent Trump-Russia probe.
This is not the first time Trump's White House has offered an explanation for an event that was later directly contradicted.
The surprise announcement to hand the probe over to Mueller, a lawman with deep bipartisan respect, was a striking shift for Trump's Justice Department, which had resisted increasingly loud calls from Democrats for an outside prosecutor. Rosenstein said he had "discussed the need for new leadership at the FBI" with then-senator Sessions last winter.
President Trump's multi-city overseas trip is meant to bolster relations with Muslim and North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies.
"It is a candid internal memorandum about the FBI director's public statements concerning a high-profile criminal investigation", he said.
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