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 RosensteinLewandowski says Mueller report was 'very clear' in proving 'there was no obstruction,' despite having 'never' read it Nadler's House committee holds a faux hearing in search of a false crime House Democrats seeking Sessions's testimony in impeachment probe 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 GoodlatteUSCIS chief Cuccinelli blames Paul Ryan for immigration inaction Immigrant advocacy groups shouldn't be opposing Trump's raids Top Republican releases full transcript of Bruce Ohr interview MORE (R-Va.) and Oversight Chairman Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyRising star Ratcliffe faces battle to become Trump's intel chief Cummings announces expansion of Oversight panel's White House personal email probe, citing stonewalling Pelosi says it's up to GOP to address sexual assault allegation against Trump MORE (R-S.C.), along with Reps. Jerry NadlerJerrold (Jerry) Lewis NadlerLewandowski: House testimony shows I'd be 'a fighter' in the Senate Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Nadler's House committee holds a faux hearing in search of a false crime MORE (N.Y.) and Elijah CummingsElijah Eugene CummingsDemocrats threaten to subpoena Pompeo over information related to Giuliani contacts with Ukraine DC statehood push faces long odds despite record support Federal agency to resume processing some deferred-action requests for migrants 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 TrumpNYT publisher: US didn't step in to protect reporter from arrest in Egypt so paper turned to Ireland Trump instructed administration to withhold military aid for Ukraine days before call with president: report More Democrats threaten impeachment over Trump's dealings with Ukraine 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.