Jordan renews call for Rosenstein to testify

Jordan renews call for Rosenstein to testify
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Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanThe 'pitcher of warm spit' — Veepstakes and the fate of Mike Pence Tucker Carlson calls Fauci a 'fraud' after tense hearing Overnight Health Care: Five takeaways from Fauci's testimony | CDC: Children might play 'important role' in spreading COVID-19 | GOP leader wants rapid testing at Capitol 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 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 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 TrumpBiden says his faith is 'bedrock foundation of my life' after Trump claim Coronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame Ohio governor tests negative in second coronavirus test 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 MeadowsCoronavirus talks on life support as parties dig in, pass blame On The Money: Pessimism grows as coronavirus talks go down to the wire | Jobs report poised to light fire under COVID-19 talks | Tax preparers warn unemployment recipients could owe IRS Top Democrats say postmaster confirmed changes to mail service amid delays 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.