Update 10:03 a.m. EST: Justice Department spokesperson Kerri Kupec has declined to comment on the tweet.
WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump shared a photoshopped image depicting various political rivals in prison Wednesday morning, with a caption suggesting that those shown committed treason.
While Trump has a history of leveling bombastic criminal accusations against his opponents, Wednesday’s tweet stood out by depicting a current member of his administration: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Rosenstein has been widely viewed to be on shaky ground since The New York Times reported that the deputy attorney general had discussed secretly recording the president and pursuing Constitutional steps to remove him from office with other administration officials.
However, Trump has so far declined to fire the second-highest ranking official within the Justice Department, even after dismissing Jeff Sessions as attorney general on Nov. 7, a day after the midterm elections.
The Justice Department did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the image.
Rosenstein is scheduled to deliver remarks on cyber attacks later Wednesday morning.
The incendiary tweet was one of several the president sent Wednesday.
In another, the president claimed that Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III’s investigation into potential collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government represents “our Joseph McCarthy Era!”
While the disgusting Fake News is doing everything within their power not to report it that way, at least 3 major players are intimating that the Angry Mueller Gang of Dems is viciously telling witnesses to lie about facts & they will get relief. This is our Joseph McCarthy Era!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 28, 2018
Mueller is among those shown in the photoshopped image.