House GOP to invite Rosenstein to testify

House GOP to invite Rosenstein to testify
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Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsThe Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Pass USMCA Coalition - After GOP infighting, Trump Jr. agrees to testify again On The Money: House chairman issues subpoenas for Trump's tax returns | Trump touts trade talks as China, US fail to reach deal | Five things to know about Trump's trade war with China | GOP offers support for Trump on tariffs GOP offers support for Trump on China tariffs MORE (R-N.C.) on Friday said House GOP leaders have agreed to invite Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinKlobuchar: 'Don't think' there are reasons to investigate Mueller probe's origins Democrats are running out of stunts to pull from impeachment playbook Barr dismisses contempt vote as part of 'political circus' MORE to testify in front of Congress.

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In a tweet, Meadows, the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, says that Rosenstein will be invited for a “closed door” meeting, adding that if he “fails to show up, we will subpoena him.” 

“Leadership has agreed to call Rod Rosenstein before Congress, for a closed door hearing with our panel investigating, so he can explain his alleged comments on ‘wiring’ POTUS--as well as other inconsistent statements,” Meadows tweeted Friday morning.

“If Mr. Rosenstein fails to show up, we will subpoena him.”

The development comes after Freedom Caucus leaders huddled Wednesday with Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteTop Republican releases full transcript of Bruce Ohr interview It’s time for Congress to pass an anti-cruelty statute DOJ opinion will help protect kids from dangers of online gambling MORE (R-Va.) and Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanDebate with Donald Trump? Just say no Ex-Trump adviser says GOP needs a better health-care message for 2020 Liz Cheney faces a big decision on her future MORE (R-Wis.), where conservatives urged top Republicans to have Rosenstein testify under oath in front of the Judiciary panel.

Goodlatte said in a statement Friday that his panel invited Rosenstein to sit down for a "private meeting" in the coming weeks, but they are still working out the details.

“As part of the House Judiciary Committee’s joint investigation and oversight responsibilities, we’ve invited Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to come in for a private meeting in the coming weeks," Goodlatte said. "We are working with the Justice Department on details and will relay more information about the meeting soon."

"There are many questions we have for Mr. Rosenstein, including questions about allegations made against him in a recent news article," he added. "We need to get to the bottom of these very serious claims.”

House conservatives had threatened to force an impeachment vote on the House floor if Rosenstein refused to testify, with Meadows calling it a “dereliction of duty” if they fail to even bring him in for questioning.

A meeting between President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump: 'I will not let Iran have nuclear weapons' Rocket attack hits Baghdad's Green Zone amid escalating tensions: reports Buttigieg on Trump tweets: 'I don't care' MORE and Rosenstein, which had initially been scheduled for Thursday, has been postponed until next week.

Rosenstein’s future has been in question since a bombshell New York Times report last week claimed that the deputy attorney general suggested secretly recording Trump after his controversial decision to fire former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyClash with Trump marks latest break with GOP leaders for Justin Amash Giuliani says Trump is 'doing the right thing' by resisting congressional subpoenas Giuliani strikes back at Comey: 'No one really respects him' MORE and that he had discussed Cabinet officials invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.

Ryan had said earlier in the week that Rosenstein’s fate should be left up to Trump — not Congress.

"The president obviously should have political appointees he has faith and confidence in. [Rosenstein] is meeting with the president tomorrow, so we should not step in the way of that,” Ryan told reporters on Wednesday. “We should let the president work it out with Rod Rosenstein."

-- Updated at 1:05 p.m.