President Trump Friday seemed to suggest he is furious with Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general who appointed Robert Mueller to be special counsel.
“I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt,” Trump tweeted.
I am being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director! Witch Hunt
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 16, 2017
That would appear to be Rosenstein, a Trump appointee who wrote a memo outlining reasons for firing former FBI Director James Comey.
Reports have circulated that Trump is considering firing Mueller, but it’s not clear if he can do so, since the special counsel regulation says the attorney general must do it. In this case, Rosenstein is the acting attorney general, since Attorney General Sessions recused himself.
Rosenstein has indicated he currently has no intention of firing Mueller. It’s possible Trump could get around this by repealing the special counsel regulation altogether or by firing Rosenstein and continuing to fire people until he gets down the chain to someone who would fire Mueller.