Jordan wants Rosenstein to testify before House Judiciary Committee

Jordan wants Rosenstein to testify before House Judiciary Committee

Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanConservatives erupt in outrage against budget deal Will Democrats be up to the task of publicly interviewing Mueller? 10 questions for Robert Mueller MORE (R-Ohio), a leading voice in the conservative House Freedom Caucus, on Monday called for Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinKey numbers to know for Mueller's testimony 10 questions for Robert Mueller What to expect when Mueller testifies: Not much 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 Trump5 things to know about Boris Johnson Conservatives erupt in outrage against budget deal Trump says Omar will help him win Minnesota 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 RyanJuan Williams: Trump fans the flames of white grievance Ex-White House spokesman Raj Shah joins Fox Corporation as senior vice president Trump quietly rolled back programs to detect, combat weapons of mass destruction: report MORE (R-Wis.) retires at the end of this Congress.

The office of Committee Chairman Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteImmigrant advocacy groups shouldn't be opposing Trump's raids Top Republican releases full transcript of Bruce Ohr interview It’s time for Congress to pass an anti-cruelty statute 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 MuellerThis week: Mueller dominates chaotic week on Capitol Hill Top Republican considered Mueller subpoena to box in Democrats Kamala Harris says her Justice Dept would have 'no choice' but to prosecute Trump for obstruction MORE’s Russia investigation, which is overseen by Rosenstein.

“Under no circumstances should Rod Rosenstein resign,” Rep. Adam SchiffAdam Bennett SchiffPelosi, Democrats launch Mueller messaging blitz Mueller testimony could be frustrating for both parties Hillicon Valley: Equifax to pay up to 0M over data breach | Settlement invites criticism from lawmakers | Microsoft settles bribery case | Election security to take back seat at Mueller testimony 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.”