He said: "I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!"
The list of people who enrage the president is said to include Attorney General Jeff Sessions for recusing himself from the Russian Federation investigation in the first place, and former golden boy Jared Kushner for convincing the president that the Democrats would applaud Comey's dismissal because of him sandbagging Hillary Clinton before the election. Adam SchiffAdam SchiffDem: Congress will begin impeachment if Trump fires Mueller, Rosenstein House Russia probe considers expanding to Trump digital director: report Top Intel Dem: Congress won't allow Trump to "so egregiously overstep his authority" MORE (D-Calif.), the top Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Friday that Congress would "unite to stop [Trump] if he tried to fire the two men".
A career prosecutor who entered the administration with a reputation as a meticulous, nonpartisan lawyer, Rosenstein has been buffeted in his short time on the job by political storms - and now the extraordinary spectacle of being singled out on social media by the president. He subsequently appointed Mueller as special counsel for the investigation into Russian efforts to interfere in the 2016 election.
He did not mention any names but his message comes a day after he took to Twitter to slam a media report indicating that special counsel Robert Mueller was investigating Trump himself for obstruction of justice related to the Russian Federation probe. Mueller may want to learn about Trump's conversations with Rosenstein, the Justice Department official who wrote the memo criticizing Comey's performance before his firing on May 9.
But there was some evidence that Rosenstein's motivation may instead have been his own mounting frustration at seeing details of the law enforcement investigation appear almost daily in the news media.
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'".
Lieu's comments come after Trump and his allies launched multiple attacks against Mueller's character and possible conflicts of interest in an attempt to discredit him and his investigation.
Trump was reportedly sore at Sessions for recusing himself and setting this whole chain of events in motion.
The recusal by Sessions left decision-making authority in the hands of Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein. "However, nothing has changed". His aides scrambled in the wake of that tweet to make clear the President was simply saying he had read the reports that he was under investigation but had not been told it separately.
Right-wing media backers of Trump have been preparing the ground for Trump to fire Rosenstein, Mueller or both. Right now, that's Dana Boente, who is also acting as head of the department's National Security Division. After the statement, the Post updated the Kushner article so that its first sourcing reference was to "U.S. officials".
"As deputy attorney general, you are more involved in policy making, but in terms of the principles of the department and how we conduct our investigations and who we prosecute, those decisions are going to be made in the same way they have always been made", he said.
Lieu isn't the only House Democrat warning Trump of consequences for firing Mueller and Rosenstein. Rep.