Jordan renews call for Rosenstein to testify

Jordan renews call for Rosenstein to testify
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Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanOversight Republicans: 'Hundreds' of migrants in caravans have criminal histories Cummings requests interview with Census official over new allegations on citizenship question House Oversight Republicans release parts of Kobach, Trump officials' testimony on census citizenship question 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 RosensteinTrump: Appointing Sessions was my biggest mistake Trump blasts Mueller, decries 'witch hunt' at 2020 launch Trump: I didn't fire Mueller since firings 'didn't work out too well' for Nixon 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 John TrumpConway defends herself against Hatch Act allegations amid threat of subpoena How to defuse Gulf tensions and avoid war with Iran Trump says 'stubborn child' Fed 'blew it' by not cutting rates 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 Randall MeadowsDarrell Issa eyes return to Congress Oversight Republicans: 'Hundreds' of migrants in caravans have criminal histories FBI, warned early and often that Manafort file might be fake, used it anyway 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.