Sources told CNN that Rosenstein was surprised by the president's questions - Trump also complained to the deputy attorney general about the direction of the Russian Federation investigation, which Rosenstein now oversees after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself a year ago.
CNN reported earlier Tuesday that Trump told aides he wants the memo alleging the Federal Bureau of Investigation abused its surveillance authority released as quickly as possible, and the Post's report said Kelly told Rosenstein and Wray that Trump was inclined to release it.
One of the first casualties of a controversial memo that Republicans are poised to make public could be Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, The Washington Post reports. The White House has said Trump will consult with his national security and legal teams before deciding whether to release it. The meeting happened just after he and Trump reportedly met at the White House.
However, the attending members of the House Judiciary Committee didn't ask Rosenstein any questions similar to Trump's alleged suggestions.
A few days after the encounter between Trump and Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general testified before a House committee that he saw no good reason to fire Mueller.
White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said in a statement Tuesday that Trump had not yet "seen or been briefed on the memo". It does not appear those questions were asked of Rosenstein at the hearing. At that time, in response to a question about whether he had ever been asked to pledge his loyalty to Trump, Rosenstein responded, "Nobody has asked me to take a loyalty pledge, other than the oath of office". Trump fired Comey to kill the FBI investigation of his presidential campaign. He also pushed back at Democrats' questions about the President's demands for loyalty.
"The president expects people who are serving in his administration to be loyal to the country and to be loyal to the administration", she told Fox News.