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.
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.
Police respond to Massachusetts mall for report of armed man
Witnesses at the scene report that police have blocked off all entrances to the mall and have several ambulances on standby. The break-in at Dick's Sporting Goods occurred before normal business hours and employees had not reported to work.
Brexit Minister: No Doubt Britain Leaving EU
However, it seems unlikely he will be able to resist public comment on the Brexit process, which he has described as a "tragedy". May's letter triggering the so called Article 50 exit procedure is still the most detailed document on the UK's intention.
One person arrested after vehicle hits several people in London
Muslim leaders called for calm . "Then people came to help the injured and surrounded the driver, while the other two got away". He said: "When I drove past slowly I could count three people on the floor and police were performing CPR on one of them".
CNN sues Justice Department for copies of Comey memo
The special counsel's interviews with the senior officials will likely focus on Trump's firing of Comey and what motivated him. Investigators have also been looking for any evidence of possible financial crimes among Trump associates, officials said.
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".