The US president has denied trying to influence the investigation, but has acknowledged in an interview that Russian Federation was on his mind when he dismissed Comey. Former FBI head Robert Mueller was appointed as special counsel a day after a report stemming from the notes was published.
The White House has said the president "has never asked Mr Comey or anyone else to end any investigation, including any investigation involving General Flynn".
Mr Trump was not under investigation before Mr Comey's firing, but reportedly is now facing scrutiny for obstruction of justice over the circumstances surrounding the ex-FBI chief's sacking, according to United States media.
Trump on Thursday blasted news reports that he was under criminal investigation as a "witch hunt" against him led by some "very bad" people.
In light of Trump's concern about leaks, it's possible that Rosenstein's Thursday night statement was aiming to appease a president who has himself often criticized the news media for citing unnamed sources. The Justice Department had no comment on Trump's tweet Friday. The official demanded anonymity because the official was not authorized to be named discussing the deliberations.
Until now, the White House has been essentially silent on whether Trump was actually a target of a federal investigation.
Trump's personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, also has retained an attorney to represent him. He testified that he leaked information about the notes through a friend to the Times to increase pressure for the appointment of a special prosecutor after he concluded Trump's administration "defamed" him and the Federal Bureau of Investigation after his May 9 firing.
The new allegations against Trump centre on his own admission that he fired Comey because of the Russian Federation investigation and suggestions he asked several top intelligence officials for their help altering the inquiry's direction. Sad!" he wrote. "Despite the phony Witch Hunt going on in America, the economic & jobs numbers are great.
Mueller Has 'Not Yet' Decided to Investigate Trump
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Real Madrid hailed masters of Europe
There will be new players coming in as is always the case but I can guarantee that, as long as he's fit, he will play. It is also the first time Real have won both LaLiga and the Champions League in the same season for 59 years.
Scalise Upgraded to 'Serious' Condition After Another Surgery
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London vehicle hits pedestrians causing multiple casualties
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Get me Man U move, Ronaldo instructs agent
Portuguese Player, Real Madrid star , Cristiano Ronaldo has instructed his manager to get him a summer move to his old club. The rumours of Ronaldo leaving the Spanish giants emerged after allegations of around £15 million tax fraud by a law firm.