Meadows hopeful that Rosenstein will testify before House panel

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsNegotiators hit gas on coronavirus talks as frustration mounts Lawmakers aim for COVID-19 relief deal this week On The Money: Unemployment debate sparks GOP divisions | Pandemic reveals flaws of unemployment insurance programs | Survey finds nearly one-third of rehired workers laid off again MORE (R-N.C.) on Wednesday said that he is hopeful Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinFBI officials hid copies of Russia probe documents fearing Trump interference: book Sally Yates to testify as part of GOP probe into Russia investigation Graham releases newly declassified documents on Russia probe MORE will testify before the House Judiciary Committee in the coming days.

"The eleventh is the date that we're shooting for. The leadership and Chairman [Bob] Goodlatte [(R-Va.)], and a number of the conservative members, said it should be a transcribed interview in a closed-door setting," Meadows told Hill.TV's Krystal Ball and Ned Ryun on "Rising." 

"We have a task force that has six Republicans, six Democrats, and so I fully anticipate that that's what it'll be, but the Department of Justice has not agreed to that yet, but hopefully, in the coming days that'll happen," he continued.

Meadows's comments come after The New York Times reported last month that Rosenstein had openly discussed secretly recording President TrumpDonald John TrumpMark Kelly clinches Democratic Senate nod in Arizona Trump camp considering White House South Lawn for convention speech: reports Longtime Rep. Lacy Clay defeated in Missouri Democratic primary MORE in the Oval Office, and had discussed the possibility of the Cabinet using the 25th Amendment to oust the president from office.

Rosenstein has called the Times article "factually incorrect" and some officials defending Rosenstein said his comments were made in jest.

The report fueled speculation that Rosenstein could resign or that Trump would move to fire him, but that speculation has cooled after a meeting between the two was canceled last week.

Meadows said he does not believe Trump would fire Rosenstein.

Rosenstein is in charge of the special counsel investigation into Russia's election meddling due to Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsThe 'pitcher of warm spit' — Veepstakes and the fate of Mike Pence FBI officials hid copies of Russia probe documents fearing Trump interference: book Tuberville breaks DC self-quarantine policy to campaign MORE recusing himself.

"I think at this point, I know the president wants to make sure that transparency happens, but he also wants to make sure that it doesn't inadvertently look like he's putting his hand on that scale of justice," he said.

"Now if something comes in at this hearing that is well beyond what we've seen, perhaps, but I do not expect him to be fired by this president."

— Julia Manchester