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Meadows calls on Rosenstein to resign 'immediately'

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) on Thursday called on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to resign "immediately."

“I think at this particular point, Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinRosenstein: Zero tolerance immigration policy 'never should have been proposed or implemented' Comey argues Trump shouldn't be prosecuted after leaving Oval Office Trump turns his ire toward Cabinet members MORE’s priorities are misplaced. His unwillingness to come before Congress and allow us to conduct proper congressional oversight, along with the other information that we’ve learned over the last week or so, would indicate that Rosenstein has not displayed the candor of which would support one’s theory of actually believing that he has been open and honest in all regards," Meadows told reporters.

"So with that, I think that it’s time that Rod Rosenstein steps down. He should do so immediately and in doing that, I think it would serve the country well, it would serve this president well," he added.

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The comments marked Meadows's most explicit call yet for Rosenstein's resignation. House Freedom Caucus members had previously said Rosenstein should either testify before Congress or resign from his post.

Rosenstein, the DOJ's No. 2 official, oversees special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE's investigation into Russia's election interference. Conservatives, particularly the Freedom Caucus, have criticized the investigation and called it biased against President TrumpDonald TrumpHarry Reid reacts to Boehner book excerpt: 'We didn't mince words' Man arrested for allegedly threatening to stab undercover Asian officer in NYC Trump says GOP will take White House in 2024 in prepared speech MORE.

Conservative lawmakers have also been seeking to ask Rosenstein about a report that he had considered wearing a wire to record Trump and suggested invoking the 25th Amendment. Those lawmakers have hoped Rosenstein would testify this month, but he hasn't yet. 

Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanSunday shows preview: Democrats eye two-part infrastructure push; Michigan coronavirus cases surge Cruz on Boehner: 'I wear with pride his drunken, bloviated scorn' DOJ probe into Gaetz involves cash payments to women: report MORE (R-Ohio), another member of the Freedom Caucus forthright in sharp criticism of Rosenstein, on Thursday criticized Rosenstein for giving an interview to The Wall Street Journal but not testifying before Congress.

Rosenstein told the newspaper on Wednesday that Mueller's investigation is "appropriate and independent."

"Rosenstein interviews with @WSJ where he says Mueller investigation is 'appropriate and independent.' Translation—there’s time for media spin to justify Mueller probe but no time to answer questions from Congress about his statement on recording the President," Jordan tweeted.

Olivia Beavers contributed to this report