GOP will seek Rosenstein appearance to explain alleged Trump wire suggestion, lawmaker says

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- GOP will seek Rosenstein appearance to explain alleged Trump wire suggestion, lawmaker says

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein/Mark Reinstein (Shutterstock.com).

House Republicans have agreed to call Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for a closed-door meeting to discuss his alleged suggestion that he secretly record President Donald Trump, according to a tweet by a GOP congressman.

Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina tweeted Friday that leadership agreed to call Rosenstein so he “can explain his alleged comment on ‘wiring’ POTUS—as well as other inconsistent statements.” If Rosenstein does not appear, he will be subpoenaed, Meadows said. The Washington Post and USA Today have coverage.

An unnamed U.S. Department of Justice source tells Politico that Rosenstein has agreed to meet with top House lawmakers in a briefing, rather than an official interview

The New York Times reported on Sept. 21, in a story based on anonymous sources, that Rosenstein had suggested the secret recording and discussed recruiting cabinet members to remove Trump from office through the 25th Amendment. Rosenstein is said to have made those suggestions in the spring of 2017 after Trump fired FBI Director James Comey.

Rosenstein had written a memo criticizing Comey’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, and Trump had cited that memo when he fired Comey. According to the Times, “Rosenstein was caught off guard when Mr. Trump cited the memo in the firing, and he began telling people that he feared he had been used.”

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According to the Times, Andrew McCabe, then the acting director of the FBI, had documented Rosenstein’s actions in memos. McCabe was fired in March.

The House Judiciary Committee subpoenaed McCabe’s memos on Thursday.

Rosenstein told the Times its story was “inaccurate and factually incorrect.” He had been scheduled to meet with Trump on Thursday, but that meeting has been postponed until next week. The move signals that Rosenstein “will remain on the job for the time being,” according to the Wall Street Journal.

Rosenstein is overseeing the probe by special counsel Robert Mueller of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

See also:

ABA Journal: “Impeachment articles against Rosenstein tabled 1 day after being filed”


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