Published: Fri, October 19, 2018
Worldwide | By Myra Stephens

Rosenstein Agrees to Sit for Transcribed Interview With Judiciary, Oversight Leaders

Rosenstein Agrees to Sit for Transcribed Interview With Judiciary, Oversight Leaders

Judiciary Chairman Robert Goodlatte, R-Va., and Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said in a statement that the interview will be held in a secure room and that a transcript will be released after the intelligence community reviews it for classified information.

However, former FBI General Counsel James A. Baker told congressional investigators during a closed-door deposition earlier this month that two senior FBI officials at the time told him they believed Rosenstein was "serious".

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Rep. Mark Meadows, North Carolina Republican, demanded Mr. Rosensten's resignation. But after Trump and Rosenstein met for 45 minutes aboard Air Force One last week, Trump said the conversation was "great", and he has no plans to fire Rosenstein. The report said Rosenstein also discussed invoking constitutional provisions to remove Trump from office. The president declared his job safe, saying he was "not making any changes".

As Bloomberg underscores, the timing of the expected release of the findings is "critical", as the battle for the House and Senate intensifies going into the midterms and with Trump signaling that he's considering replacing Attorney General Jeff Sessions after the election, which could have major implications for Mueller.

In September, Meadows pressed for Rosenstein to either testify before the House Judiciary Committee or step down. On Thursday, he tweeted that Rosenstein "should resign immediately". He did not elaborate or provide evidence for those claims.

As most members campaign for the midterm elections this month, the House Judiciary, and Oversight and Government Reform panels have been continuing to hold interviews as part of an investigation into how Justice Department and FBI officials handled their probes of Trump's alleged ties to Russian Federation and former secretary of state Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.

Quoting a US official, Bloomberg said Rosenstein had been pressing Mueller to conclude the investigation as soon as possible.

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