Since Rosenstein recommended the firing, he could be a witness in the case and ethically obligated to recuse himself.
"I understand there are serious allegations that have been raised", Rosenstein told a Senate panel earlier this week. He said in a TV interview that he already chose to fire Comey even before the "memo" submitted by Rosenstein because he had the Russian investigation in his mind.
"No one has notified us that he is" under investigation, Sekulow said. "I know it sounds somewhat trite, I suppose, but it's just the way it is".
A Justice Department statute calls for recusal if it appears there is a personal conflict of interest.
Rosenstein played a role in that decision, his memo critical of Comey, was initially used by the White House to justify the termination. He then said that nothing Trump has tweeted has raised any issues for his legal team. Was Comey's refusal to pledge loyalty the reason he was sacked? Or did Trump fire Comey as a way to stop the Russian Federation investigation from going forward?
Trump said he was "being investigated for firing the FBI Director by the man who told me to fire the FBI Director!"
Rosenstein submitted a widely circulated memo to the president last month raising concerns over Comey's performance, but Trump later asserted that he had already made the decision himself to fire Comey.
Rosenstein hasn't spoken with Mueller since, he told lawmakers last week.
HORSLEY: It's a - it was a very unusual statement from the deputy attorney general.
Rosenstein, 52, has said little publicly, but a cryptic statement he released late Thursday captured some of the strain and frustration he is probably feeling about the numerous unauthorized leaks about the Russian Federation investigation that have angered the president, according to several of his colleagues and friends. CNN, quoting sources said that there is no indication Kushner is now a target of the probe and there are no allegations he committed any wrongdoing.
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump has lashed out at the investigators driving the Russian Federation investigation as "very bad and conflicted people", responding angrily to reports that the special counsel is looking into whether Trump obstructed justice. As Trump still struggles to acknowledge, the US intelligence community is fully convinced that Russian Federation carried out an attack on our democracy. Bush backed off, ultimately asking the Justice Department to find firmer legal footing for the surveillance program.
INSKEEP: New Supreme Court justice.
Sessions recently said she "has proven herself to be a brilliant lawyer". These, in turn, are based on the assumption that there was collusion - notwithstanding that months of investigation by the FBI and several congressional committees has turned up no such evidence.