As described by the former official, the mea culpa came in a private phone call, within days of Trump retweeting the meme that showed Rosenstein, Mueller and several Obama-era officials behind bars.

“[W]hen do the trials for treason begin?” the Trump-endorsed image asked.

But on the private phone call afterward, Trump insisted to Rosenstein that he didn’t notice the veteran prosecutor in the image’s background before it was retweeted, according to the former official.

Publicly, Trump stood by the controversial post.