After Donald Trump greenlit the release of a controversial memo compiled by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, which was reported in advance of its release to present a picture of overwhelming criminality and abuse of power by leaders in the FBI and the Department of Justice, the president was asked by reporters in the Oval Office whether or not he planned to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who has had the position of oversight of the Robert Mueller investigation into the Trump administration's possible collusion with Russia since Jeff Sessions recused himself, to which Trump answered, according to a CNN report, "You figure that one out."
On Friday the Nunes memo was released. It had been the subject of a major hashtag campaign, #ReleaseTheMemo, much of which may have been the product of Russian bots, according to an article in Newsweek, as well as being heavily hyped by right-wing media sources such as Sean Hannity and Breitbart News. According to an article in the Huffington Post, Donald Trump had hoped the memo would be a smoking gun that so clearly outlined intelligence community abuses that it would allow him to put an end to the Mueller investigation once and for all.
The memo was purported to show that the FBI and the DOJ had acted with political bias and had abused their power in using the now infamous Steele dossier as the basis for a FISA warrant on Trump campaign advisor Carter Page. The only problem was, as has been reported by Vox, the memo actually proves nothing of the kind, with multiple media outlets, including Vox and the Huffington Post, going so far as to call the memo a "dud."
This didn't stop Rep. Paul A. Gosar (R-Ariz.), according to an article in the Washington Post, from declaring that he would seek criminal prosecution for Rosenstein and other Justice Department officials, whom he branded as "traitors to our nation."
Donald Trump, for his part, woke up Friday morning ready to do battle with the FBI and the DOJ, tweeting about what he perceived as shocking political bias against him.