Schiff calls on Rosenstein not to step down

Schiff calls on Rosenstein not to step down
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Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffOfficers offer harrowing accounts at first Jan. 6 committee hearing Live coverage: House panel holds first hearing on Jan. 6 probe Five things to watch as Jan. 6 panel begins its work MORE (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, said Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinWashington still needs more transparency House Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists The Hill's Morning Report - Biden-Putin meeting to dominate the week MORE should not step down from his post voluntarily following reports he was going to be fired or resign Monday morning. 

Schiff, the top Democrat on the panel that had been conducting the lower chamber’s now-concluded Russia investigation, argued Rosenstein’s departure could compromise special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE’s independent probe into Russia's election interference.

“Under no circumstances should Rod Rosenstein resign,” Schiff tweeted Monday. “This would place the Mueller investigation in even greater jeopardy. Rosenstein should continue to do his job, protect the independence of the DOJ, and if the President intends to obstruct justice, force Trump to fire him.” 

The news of Rosenstein’s potential departure from the Department of Justice comes in the wake of a recent New York Times report alleging he discussed wearing wires to secretly record President TrumpDonald TrumpMeghan McCain: Democrats 'should give a little credit' to Trump for COVID-19 vaccine Trump testing czar warns lockdowns may be on table if people don't get vaccinated Overnight Health Care: CDC details Massachusetts outbreak that sparked mask update | White House says national vaccine mandate 'not under consideration at this time' MORE and debated invoking the 25th Amendment with top cabinet officials.

Rosenstein denied the report, calling it "inaccurate and factually incorrect.”

Rosenstein in a statement also said that "there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment" based on his dealings with Trump.