House committees to interview Rosenstein behind closed doors about 'wire' comment

Frederick Owens
October 19, 2018

The top lawmakers on the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform Committees plan to interview Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein next week about reports that he once suggested wearing a "wire" to secretly record President Trump and discussed the possibility of invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president from office.

Rosenstein has been a central figure for the House Judiciary Committee, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and House Select Committee on Intelligence in their joint investigation, begun a year ago into decisions the Department of Justice and FBI made during two major investigations tied to the 2016 election.

Trump and Rosenstein have had an up-and-down relationship, though the deputy has been spared the brunt of the anger directed at his boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions. Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus will be left out of the meeting. Afterward, the transcript will be reviewed by the Intelligence Community and, once cleared for classified or other protected information, it will be publicly available.

"He has not co-operated with Congress, failed to be transparent about his actions, and shown a lack of candour in the way he's characterized a number of events", Meadows tweeted.

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who may very well be on the outs after the midterms, gave a rare interview to The Wall Street Journal today vociferously defending special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe.

"I committed I would ensure the investigation was appropriate and independent and reached the right result, whatever it may be", Rosenstein said.

Axios reported on September 24 that Rosenstein offered to resign in a conversation with White House chief of staff John Kelly because he believed he was about to be fired. He denied all of it and eventually met with President Donald Trump on Air Force One.

The Justice Department continues its investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to the Russians, and CNN reported on Wednesday. that Paul Manafort - Trump's former campaign aide - and his team of lawyers have visited the special counsel's office in Washington, D.C.

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