Sean Spicer says Trump has confidence in Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein

Trump pleaded this case publicly, but few in the media believed him - until Comey confirmed it under oath this month, exploding a CNN "scoop" in the process.

As acting attorney general in matters related to the election - because of Attorney General Jeff Sessions' recusal - Rosenstein has oversight over special counsel Robert Mueller, who The Washington Post reported has expanded the Russian Federation inquiry to include a probe of whether Trump obstructed justice. Adam SchiffAdam SchiffMueller meets with House leaders amid Trump-Russia probe United States weighs travel ban on North Korea: report Schiff: Russia investigation is just beginning MORE (D-Calif.) and Rep. Mike Conaway (Texas), who took over as the top Republican for the panel's Russia investigation earlier this year. The president responded by tweeting an attack on his own Deputy Attorney General, whom he'd previously praised to the hilt.

Sekulow renewed the suggestion that Trump fired the Federal Bureau of Investigation director at the recommendation of the deputy attorney general.

And so, investigators will likely try to determine whether Trump indicated in that meeting that he'd already made his decision, and indicated to them his reason for it, in effect enlisting them in an effort to create a cover story for the firing. Uh, okay: Not the most coherent or persuasive line of argument, perhaps, but here's something that Team Trump will like, via ABC News:Now Mueller faces a huge decision.

"The president has confidence of everyone who serves for him in this administration", said Spicer. Plans to talk to some people in the administration.