Meadows hopeful that Rosenstein will testify before House panel

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsWhite House appoints GOP House members to advise Trump's impeachment team Republicans criticize Pelosi for gifting pens used to sign impeachment articles Trump, Democrats set for brawl on Iran war powers MORE (R-N.C.) on Wednesday said that he is hopeful Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinRosenstein says he authorized release of Strzok-Page texts Journalist alleging Obama administration spied on her seeks to reopen case Rosenstein on his time in Trump administration: 'We got all the big issues right' 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 TrumpSanders apologizes to Biden for supporter's op-ed Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Trump' if the US doesn't elect progressive Democrats: McConnell impeachment trial rules a 'cover up,' 'national disgrace' 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 SessionsICE subpoenas Denver law enforcement: report Bottom Line DOJ inquiry tied to Clinton, touted by Trump winds down with no tangible results: report 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