Rosenstein to testify before House Judiciary Committee next week

Rosenstein to testify before House Judiciary Committee next week
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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will testify next week before the House Judiciary Committee about special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.

Rosenstein will appear before the panel on Dec. 13, Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteIt’s time for Congress to pass an anti-cruelty statute DOJ opinion will help protect kids from dangers of online gambling House GOP probe into FBI, DOJ comes to an end MORE (R-Va.) announced Wednesday.

Rosenstein's hearing comes as Republicans express concerns over possible bias in Mueller's investigation. Reports last week said the special counsel had removed a veteran FBI agent from his team for sending anti-Trump text messages.

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It was later reported the same agent, Peter Strzok, edited a key phrase in former FBI Director James Comey’s statement about his decision on the Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFemale Dems see double standard in Klobuchar accusations Klobuchar, O'Rourke visit Wisconsin as 2020 race heats up McCabe's shocking claims prove the bloodless coup rolls on MORE email investigation.

Goodlatte said committee members will have the chance to question Rosenstein about those developments.

Rosenstein said in an interview published Wednesday with an NBC affiliate in Maryland that he is satisfied with Mueller’s work so far.

Rosenstein appointed the special counsel in May after Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsMcCabe says he was fired because he 'opened a case against' Trump The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the American Academy of HIV Medicine — Trump, Congress prepare for new border wall fight The Memo: Trump and McCabe go to war MORE recused himself from matters involving Russian election meddling.

Mueller has issued indictments or received guilty pleas from four former Trump campaign associates.

Last week, former national security adviser Michael Flynn pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents. As part of the plea agreement, Flynn has agreed to cooperate fully with the investigation.

A campaign aide, George Papadopoulos, has also pleaded guilty to lying to investigators and is cooperating with Mueller's team.

Two other campaign officials, former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his associate Richard Gates, also face charges in the investigation. They have both pleaded not guilty.

The House Judiciary Committee is one of several congressional committees conducting separate investigations into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.