In the wake of those news reports, Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to conduct the broad investigation into Russia's alleged meddling in last year's presidential campaign and alleged collusion with Trump associates.
Trump advisers and confidants describe the president as increasingly angry over the investigation, yelling at TV sets in the White House carrying coverage and insisting he is the target of a conspiracy to discredit - and potentially end - his presidency.
Once again he called it all a witch hunt, adding: "They made up a phony collusion with the Russians story, found zero proof, so now they go for obstruction of justice on the phony story".
The memo to former transition team members on Thursday also seeks specific information on five people, the Times reported, They include Paul Manafort, Trump's former campaign manager; Rick Gates, Manafort's business partner; Carter Page, a former foreign policy adviser; former national security adviser Michael Flynn; and Roger J. Stone Jr., an informal adviser to Mr. Trump.
Trump, who hired his own lawyer last month to represent him regarding probes by the special counsel and congressional committees, continued his harsh criticism of the investigations in series of tweets on Friday.
"The message the president is sending through his tweets is that he believes the rule of law doesn't apply to him and that anyone who thinks otherwise will be fired", Feinstein said. "Witch Hunt", the president wrote on Twitter.
A Trump confidant said this week the president had considered firing Mueller.
Later, that position was contradicted by the President himself, in an interview with NBC's Lester Holt, when he stated that he had made up his mind to fire Comey before he had even seen the Rosenstein memo.
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The Sinai Peninsula has been under a state of emergency since October 2014, following a deadly terrorist attack that left 33 Egyptian soldiers dead.
In an August 21, 2013 file photo, former Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller speaks during an interview at Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters in Washington DC.
President Donald Trump appeared to confirm Friday that he is under investigation for obstruction of justice, claiming that he is being investigated for firing FBI Director James Comey by the man who told him to do it.
Trump also lashed out at the media, on a day that aides hoped would be focused on his decision to undo some of Barack Obama's detente with Cuba. "They're the ones we are not winning in", he said at the Mid-Winter Ball. Former FBI director James Comey assured him three times that he was not.
The Senate's intelligence committee already has interviewed Johnson about the matter.
The president fired Flynn in February after just 24 days on the job when he learned that the former Marine lieutenant general lied to Vice President Mike Pence about his conversations with Ambassador Kislyak.
The Trump tweets come after the top lawyer for his transition team warned organization officials to preserve all records and other materials related to the Russian Federation probe. Rosenstein, the official who would be responsible for dismissing Mueller, told US lawmakers he would fire him only with good cause. But then Rosenstein made the surprise move to appoint Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead the Russian Federation investigation, a development that people close to Sessions and Trump believe has worsened matters for everyone involved.
News accounts this week said Trump was considering firing Mueller from his special counsel role, but the White House eventually said he does not plan to. Comey testified in a Senate hearing last week that he believed he was sacked "because of the Russian Federation investigation".
Citing a memo from the general counsel's office of Trump's transition team, the Times said former members were given the order on Thursday for any information involving Russian Federation or Ukraine in the latest sign of the investigations' expanding reach.
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