Rosenstein to appear for House interview next week

Rosenstein to appear for House interview next week
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Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinJake Tapper fact-checks poster Trump admin created describing Mueller investigation Jeffrey Rosen officially sworn in as deputy attorney general Democrats talk subpoena for Mueller MORE is slated to appear for an interview with a pair of House committees next week after the panels postponed a meeting with the senior Justice Department official earlier this month.

Rosensenstein is set to appear in front of the chairmen and ranking members of the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees next Wednesday, the panels announced Thursday.

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He is scheduled to appear for a transcribed interview with Judiciary 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 Oversight Chairman Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyHouse Dem calls on lawmakers to 'insulate' election process following Mueller report Democrats put harassment allegations against Trump on back burner Democrats seize on Mueller-Barr friction MORE (R-S.C.), along with Reps. Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerDemocrats are running out of stunts to pull from impeachment playbook Trump asks if Nadler will look into Clinton's 'deleted and acid washed' emails Trump tweets conservative commentator's criticism of FBI director MORE (N.Y.) and Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsNancy Pelosi fends off impeachment wave — for now House Democrats, Trump lawyers ask appeals court to expedite subpoena case Lawmakers call for 'time out' on facial recognition tech MORE (Md.), the top Democrats on the panels.

A transcript of the interview will be made public after being reviewed by the intelligence community, according to the panels.

Lawmakers have been itching to grill Rosenstein over a report last month that he had considered wearing a wire to record President TrumpDonald John TrumpFeinstein, Iranian foreign minister had dinner amid tensions: report The Hill's Morning Report - Trump says no legislation until Dems end probes Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign MORE in the Oval Office.

The New York Times reported that Rosenstein also discussed the possibility of Cabinet officials invoking the 25th Amendment last year to remove Trump from office.

Rosenstein and the Justice Department fiercely disputed the story and some news outlets have reported that the comments were reportedly made in jest.

The report’s release sparked speculation that Trump would fire Rosenstein, though the president said earlier this month that he had no plans of doing so. The House Judiciary Committee, however, threatened to subpoena Rosenstein to get him to testify over the report.

“It is essential that we talk to him — he knows that,” Goodlatte told Fox News on Monday. “He has not agreed to come for a transcribed interview on the record. He needs to do that, and if he does not agree to do that very soon, I will issue a subpoena for him to appear.”

Rosenstein has been frequently been targeted by Trump's allies on Capitol Hill. The No. 2 Justice Department official has been overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe since Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the matter.

This summer, a group of conservative House lawmakers introduced articles of impeachment against Rosenstein, accusing him of “unacceptable conduct.” GOP representatives criticized Rosenstein for failing to produce documents related to a congressional investigation into FBI decision making during the 2016 presidential election.

-- Updated 6:50 p.m.