Jordan wants Rosenstein to testify before House Judiciary Committee

Jordan wants Rosenstein to testify before House Judiciary Committee

Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanTop Republican requests House hearing with DOJ inspector general Trump, first lady take part in National Christmas Tree lighting The Hill's Morning Report - Dem impeachment report highlights phone records MORE (R-Ohio), a leading voice in the conservative House Freedom Caucus, on Monday called for Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinRosenstein, Sessions discussed firing Comey in late 2016 or early 2017: FBI notes Justice Dept releases another round of summaries from Mueller probe Judge rules former WH counsel McGahn must testify under subpoena MORE to testify before the House Judiciary Committee, regardless of whether he remains in his position beyond this week.

Jordan's push for testimony comes in the wake of a New York Times article last week that said Rosenstein discussed secretly recording President TrumpDonald John TrumpRepublicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Bombshell Afghanistan report bolsters calls for end to 'forever wars' Lawmakers dismiss Chinese retaliatory threat to US tech MORE and potentially invoking the 25th Amendment with Cabinet officials to remove the president from office.

"Regardless of what happens to Mr. Rosenstein, he needs to appear in front of the Judiciary Committee," Jordan, a member of the committee, tweeted on Monday. "You can’t have the head of the Justice Department (even if it’s sarcasm) talking to subordinates about recording the Commander in Chief. He needs to answer our questions."

Jordan is making a bid to be the top Republican in the House after Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHouse Ethics Committee informs Duncan Hunter he can no longer vote after guilty plea Duncan Hunter pleads guilty after changing plea Trump campaign steps up attacks on Biden MORE (R-Wis.) retires at the end of this Congress.

The office of Committee Chairman Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteUSCIS chief Cuccinelli blames Paul Ryan for immigration inaction Immigrant advocacy groups shouldn't be opposing Trump's raids Top Republican releases full transcript of Bruce Ohr interview MORE (R-Va.) did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Trump is slated to meet with Rosenstein, the No. 2 official at the Justice Department, on Thursday following news reports on Monday that Rosenstein was going to resign or be fired by the White House.

Top Democrats have called on Rosenstein not to resign from his role at the Department of Justice (DOJ), arguing such a move could be detrimental to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump says he'll release financial records before election, knocks Dems' efforts House impeachment hearings: The witch hunt continues Speier says impeachment inquiry shows 'very strong case of bribery' by Trump MORE’s Russia investigation, which is overseen by Rosenstein.

“Under no circumstances should Rod Rosenstein resign,” Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffRepublicans consider skipping witnesses in Trump impeachment trial Trump rails against FBI, impeachment during Pennsylvania rally Democrats reach cusp of impeachment MORE (D-Calif.), the ranking member of the House Intelligence Committee, 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.”