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.
Jose Fonte at Confederations Cup #1
Nani's 21st minute goal was disallowed by video assistants because a Portugal player was offside in the build up to the goal . Earlier, Javier Hernandez became Mexico's record goal scorer when he cancelled out Ricardo Quaresma's early strike.
London vehicle hits pedestrians causing multiple casualties
The Muslim Council tweeted that worshippers were struck by a van as they were leaving prayers at the Finsbury Park mosque . Eight people were killed and more than 40 injured in the June 3 attack before the men were shot to death by authorities.
DHS formally rolls back Obama's DAPA immigration program
After the Obama administration announced it, 26 states successfully sued in a Texas federal district court to block the program. However, deportations have slightly gone down as less number of people has been caught crossing the Mexican border illegally.
Pakistan Beat India To Win ICC Champions Trophy
Pakistan crushed defending champions India by 180 runs at The Oval to win the Champions Trophy for the first time on Sunday. Mahindra said that Pakistan won because it played with the "spirit of a start-up" that didn't know "what was impossible".
Kenya Moore shares photos of mystery wedding
Leakes also warned on Twitter , in which she first teased her "The Real Housewives of Atlanta" return, that "the threat is back". Her husband opted for a more casual wedding look, pairing a white button-down shirt with khaki-colored trousers .