- The Washington Times - Thursday, October 18, 2018

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will appear before two House committees next week to answer questions about allegations he talked about secretly taping President Trump and sought to remove him from office, the committees confirmed Thursday.

Mr. Rosenstein will appear on October 24 to face lawmakers from the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees.

The interview will be conducted by each committee’s chairman, Bob Goodlatte of Virginia and Trey Gowdy of North Carolina Republican and the ranking Democratic members Jerry Nadler of New York and Elijah Cummings of Maryland. The interview will be under oath.

A court reporter will be present to record all questions in a secure, closed-door setting with a transcript reviewed by the Intelligence Community and not disseminated to the public, according to a statement released by the committees.

On Thursday, lawmakers’ frustration over the deputy attorney general’s failure to appear reached a boiling point.

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, North Carolina Republican, demanded Mr. Rosensten’s resignation.

“I think at this particular point, Rod Rosenstein’s priorities are misplaced. His unwillingness to come before Congress and allow us to conduct proper congressional oversight, along with the other information that we’ve learned over the last week or so, would indicate that Rosenstein has not displayed the candor of which would support one’s theory of actually believing that he has been open and honest in all regards,” Mr. Meadows told reporters.

“So with that, I think that it’s time that Rod Rosenstein steps down. He should do so immediately and in doing that, I think it would serve the country well, it would serve this president well,” he added.

Mr. Rosenstein was set to appear on Capitol Hear last week but skipped the session for unknown reasons. GOP lawmakers had been negotiating with Justice Department attorneys about scheduling a meeting with the No. 2 official at the Justice Department.

Mr. Meadows had called Mr. Rosenstein’s cancellation”disappointing.”

“The Deputy Attorney General owes the American people answers about whether he participated in any conversations or decisions seeking to undermine President Trump’s administration from within,” Mr. Meadows said in a statement. “There is reason to be deeply concerned he did.”

A New York Times report last month said in the aftermath of FBI Director James Comey’s firing, Mr. Rosenstein talked about recording to the president to oust him from office via the 25th Amendment.

Mr. Rosenstein called the report inaccurate and a Justice Department official said the recording statements were made in jest. But former FBI General Counsel James Baker told lawmakers that two of his colleagues expressed concern to him after hearing Mr. Rosenstein’s comments.

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