Even as the department has been the subject of President Trump’s rage, Jeff Sessions and Rod J. Rosenstein are quietly and powerfully at work.
The deputy attorney general, Rod J. Rosenstein, issued a statement late Thursday after news reports revealing new details about the special counsel’s Russia inquiry.
The deputy attorney general offered little clarity about how the congressional investigations into Russian meddling will remain separate from the Justice Department’s.
Three Democratic senators said Rod J. Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general, told them in a briefing that he was aware of Mr. Trump’s intention to dismiss the F.B.I. director.