President Donald Trump reportedly asked Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein if he was on his team according to CNN.
The President used similar language with former FBI Director James Comey when he asked the former law man for his personal loyalty.
Comey said he would remain faithful to the application of the law.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein visited the White House in December seeking President Donald Trump's help. The top Justice Department official in the Russia investigation wanted Trump's support in fighting off document demands from House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes.
In an amazing overstep, Trump asked Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein where the Russia investigation was heading and if Rosenstein was on his team, in essence, asking Rosenstein for his loyalty.
But the President had other priorities ahead of a key appearance by Rosenstein on the Hill, according to sources familiar with the meeting. Trump wanted to know where the special counsel's Russia investigation was heading. And he wanted to know whether Rosenstein was "on my team."
Rosenstein was reportedly shocked by the question. He answered Trump's question in the royal 'we' instead of singular first person.
At the December meeting, the deputy attorney general appeared surprised by the President's questions, the sources said. "Of course, we're all on your team, Mr. President," Rosenstein told Trump, the sources said. It is not clear what Trump meant or how Rosenstein interpreted the comment.