Washington: House committees to interview Rod Rosenstein behind closed doors

Special Counsel Robert Mueller leaves a meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington

The top lawmakers on two House committees will interview Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein next week about reports that he had discussed secretly recording President Donald Trump.

Rod Rosenstein was sworn in as deputy attorney general in April 2017.

Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., announced late Thursday that they and the top Democrats on both committees would interview Rosenstein on October 24.

Jordan said Rosenstein was "obligated" to testify to Congress under oath.

If Rod Rosenstein is fired, what happens to the Russian Federation investigation?

North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, the head of the House Freedom Caucus, initially led the push to bring Rosenstein to Capitol Hill.

Rosenstein went to the White House days after the report, expecting to be fired, but his job was spared, and he later flew with Trump on Air Force One to an worldwide police chiefs' conference in Florida.

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is expected to issue findings on core aspects of his Russian Federation probe soon after the November midterm elections as he faces intensifying pressure to produce more indictments or shut down his investigation, according to two USA officials. And Rosenstein has wide discretion on what he releases to Congress, and whether he releases any of it publicly.

Thursday is not the first time that Trump's congressional allies have called for Rosenstein to step down.

The only other person will who be present for the interview besides Rosenstein and the four committee leaders will be a court reporter.

"At this point, we've made multiple requests, he's not shown up".

"The fact that Rod Rosenstein was a no-show last week is something that is just not right", Jordan said. Rosenstein staunchly denied this. Last month, Trump said he would not be firing Rosenstein, despite his continued frustrations with Mueller's probe, which Trump often refers to as a "witch hunt".

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