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Jordan renews call for Rosenstein to testify

Jordan renews call for Rosenstein to testify
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Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanRoy to challenge Stefanik for Cheney's old position Stefanik shake-up jump-starts early jockeying for committee posts Pelosi: GOP in Cheney ouster declared 'courage, patriotism and integrity' not welcome MORE (R-Ohio), the ranking Republican member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, renewed his call on Wednesday for Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinProtect the police or the First Amendment? Rosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' Comey argues Trump shouldn't be prosecuted after leaving Oval Office MORE to testify before Congress following reports from multiple news outlets stating that he will resign in the coming weeks.

Jordan, in a sharply worded statement, demanded that Rosenstein explain to Congress a report from The New York Times late last year that claimed Rosenstein spoke to associates about the possibility of wearing a wire to record President TrumpDonald TrumpProject Veritas surveilled government officials to expose anti-Trump sentiments: report Cheney: Fox News has 'a particular obligation' to refute election fraud claims The Memo: What now for anti-Trump Republicans? MORE without his knowledge.

"The American people have a right to know if the Deputy Attorney General plotted to wear a wire to secretly record the President with the goal of removing him from office," Jordan wrote, referring to the Times report which also claimed that Rosenstein had broached the possibility of invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

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"This is a serious matter and one Mr. Rosenstein must account for under oath. Rod Rosenstein's expected departure from his post in no way absolves him of his responsibility to answer questions before Congress. I hope and expect Chairman Cummings will expeditiously seek Mr. Rosenstein's prompt appearance before Congress," Jordan added.

House Freedom Caucus members last fall demanded Rosenstein's testimony following the report's publication, despite denials from the top Justice Department official that he had never considered attempting to persuade Cabinet members to remove the president from office over concerns about his mental fitness.

“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," Rep. Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsBoehner finally calls it as he sees it Stephen Miller launching group to challenge Democrats' policies through lawsuits A year with the coronavirus: How we got here MORE (R-N.C.), chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, said at the time.

Rosenstein previously called the Times report "factually incorrect," and has not commented further on claims that he discussed wearing a wire and to secretly record the president's conversations with other top officials.

“The New York Times’s story is inaccurate and factually incorrect,” Rosenstein said last year. “I will not further comment on a story based on anonymous sources who are obviously biased against the department and are advancing their own personal agenda.

"But let me be clear about this: Based on my personal dealings with the president, there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment,” he added.