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Trump apologized to Rosenstein for tweet suggesting he should be tried for treason

April 2, 2019

President Trump last fall apologized to Rod Rosenstein after he tweeted an image suggesting the deputy attorney general should be prosecuted for treason, according to a media report Tuesday.

In late November, Mr. Trump tweeted an image of several Obama-era officials behind bars with a caption demanding to know when they would be prosecuted for treason. Mr. Rosenstein and special counsel Robert Mueller were included in the image along with former Presidents Obama and Clinton.

ABC News reported Tuesday Mr. Trump took the unusual move of telling Mr. Rosenstein it was “a mistake,” citing a former Justice Department official. The president also told Mr. Rosenstein he didn’t even notice his image in the background before tweeting it.

The meme was first circulated by the Trump Train Twitter account. Mr. Trump has retweeted the conservative account three separate times.

Mr. Rosenstein became a frequent target of the president’s ire after he appointed Mr. Mueller to probe allegations the Trump campaign conspired with Russia during the 2016 election.

He landed in hot water with the president again last year after The New York Times reported he talked about secretly recording the president and invoking the 25th Amendment to oust him.

The two appeared to patch things up after a trip to Orlando for a law enforcement convention. Mr. Trump said they had a “good conversation” and Mr. Rosenstein kept his job.