House Republican threatens to push for Rosenstein impeachment unless he testifies

House Republican threatens to push for Rosenstein impeachment unless he testifies
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Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) on Monday threatened to bring articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinMueller’s real challenge Graham vows to push Trump’s AG pick through Judiciary Committee House GOP set to grill Comey MORE if he won't testify in front of the House Judiciary Committee.

Gaetz said on Fox Business Network's "Lou Dobbs Tonight" that Rosenstein needs to testify regarding the bombshell New York Times report that he allegedly discussed wearing a wire to record President TrumpDonald John TrumpActivists highlight Trump ties to foreign autocrats in hotel light display Jose Canseco pitches Trump for chief of staff: ‘Worried about you looking more like a Twinkie everyday’ Dershowitz: Mueller's report will contain 'sins' but no 'impeachable offense' MORE.

Gaetz said that he and House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) are prepared to bring impeachment articles against Rosenstein if committee leadership won't force him to testify.

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"If our leadership will not put Rod Rosenstein in that witness chair so the American people can get answers, Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsConservative leader Meadows will not be White House chief of staff Trump says he's considering 10 to 12 contenders for chief of staff Schiff writes mock White House chief of staff job description MORE and I are prepared to call up his impeachment and force a vote," Gaetz said.

It would not be the first time House Republicans moved to impeach Rosenstein, although there has never been a vote.

Gaetz also called it "inappropriate" that Rosenstein would discuss wearing a wire to record Trump, even if he was not serious, as The Washington Post later reported. 

“It is inappropriate for the deputy attorney general of the United States to even be joking about wearing a wire on the president in the presence of colleagues and subordinates," Gaetz said. "I think Rod Rosenstein needs to be in the witness chair this week in the House Judiciary Committee. He needs to go under oath and explain these circumstances.”

Rosenstein is scheduled to have a meeting Thursday with Trump that many expect to result in his firing.

The White House said Rosenstein and Trump on Monday had an “extended conversation to discuss the recent news stories” and would meet in person on Thursday. Reports earlier Monday suggested that Rosenstein was heading to the White House expecting to be fired.

The Times reported on Friday that Rosenstein discussed wearing a wire to record Trump as part of an effort to invoke the 25th Amendment and expel the president from office. Rosenstein has denied the report.