Published: Sun, September 30, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Rosenstein agrees to meet with Republican critics

Rosenstein agrees to meet with Republican critics

"It's time to find a new deputy attorney general who is serious about accountability and transparency", Meadows said at the time.

Rosenstein's job is in question following reports he discussed possibly secretly recording the president and using the Constitution's 25th Amendment to remove him from office.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) tweeted out early Friday, "Leadership has agreed to call Rod Rosenstein before Congress, for a closed door hearing with our panel investigating, so he can explain his alleged comments on "wiring" POTUS - as well as other inconsistent statements".

Memos kept by former acting Federal Bureau of Investigation director Andrew McCabe say Rosenstein suggested secretly recording President Trump, potentially as part of a plan to remove him from office under the 25th Amendment.

Trump has often criticized Department of Justice officials for allowing special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation probe to continue, and a New York Times report Friday that could give Trump cause to dismiss the man supervising it. "And to let him finish up", Trump said. "They do not want to do anything to interfere with the hearing", White House Press Secretary Sarah Sanders said Thursday, referring to the Senate hearing on allegations of sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh.

While the president is set to meet with his deputy AG next week, Trump said this week, "I would much prefer keeping Rod Rosenstein".

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The veteran prosecutor's future was thrown into doubt on Friday with a report in the New York Times that he had suggested to colleagues previous year that he could secretly record conversations with the president and also discussed invoking the 25th Amendment that allows for removing a president who's unfit.

Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.), chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, a person familiar with the situation told the AP.

Trump also later reiterated his support to the deputy attorney general saying, "He said he did not say it; he said he does not believe that".

Mr Trump said Mr Rosenstein denied making remarks first attributed to him in a New York Times report, including that he had discussed possibly secretly recording the president and using the U.S. constitution's 25th Amendment to remove him from office. But even as he arrived, an aide to Trump hinted that the meeting could be rescheduled for another day.

Rosenstein's friends and former colleagues describe him as exceptionally committed to the Justice Department - one said he "bleeds" for the agency - and unlikely to leave on his own, though they say he respects the chain of command enough to resign if asked.

Within weeks of being confirmed as deputy attorney general, he was engulfed in controversy by writing a memo critical of then-FBI Director James Comey, which the White House cited as justification for Comey's firing.

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