WASHINGTON, D.C.: The special counsel overseeing the probe into Russia's alleged meddling in the USA election is looking at whether President Donald Trump tried to obstruct justice, The Washington Post reported Wednesday, citing unnamed officials.
This morning, Trump said via his favorite means of communication that he is being investigated by the man who told him to fire the FBI Director.
Citing Rosenstein's private remarks, ABC News reported that he may have to recuse himself from the investigation, potentially following in the footsteps of Attorney General Jeff Sessions who did so in early March in a move that continues to vex the American president.
Mueller has hired 13 new lawyers to help him handle his investigation into whether Trump obstructed justice and if members of his presidential campaign colluded with Russian Federation to influence the outcome of the 2016 election.
The special counsel is following two major lines of investigation, said one USA official familiar with the rough outlines of Mr Mueller's probe who spoke on condition of anonymity.
According to the Post, it did change after Trump fired Comey.
The Post referred to anonymous sources who had been briefed on requests made by Mueller's investigators. Kasowitz said on Wednesday that leaking Federal Bureau of Investigation information about the president was "outrageous, inexcusable and illegal", although he did not question the content of the article.
A spokesman for Mr Mueller's team declined to comment.
Mr Trump - who has repeatedly denied any collusion with Russian Federation - said the move was the latest action in a "phony story".