Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will appear before two House committees next week to answer questions about allegations he talked about secretly taping President Trump and sought to remove him from office, the committees confirmed Thursday.
The House Judiciary Committee says Rosenstein will sit for a transcribed interview October 24 with the two Republican chairmen and top Democrats on the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees.
The announcement comes just hours after House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, an Oversight subcommittee chairman, called on Rosenstein to resign, citing his unwillingness to cooperate with the panels' investigation.
Jordan said Rosenstein was "obligated" to testify to Congress under oath. The transcript of the proceeding will be released to the public after a review by the intelligence community to scrub any classified information.
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Rosenstein has been under fire since reports surfaced that he said he wanted to wear a wire while talking to the president and discussed the 25th amendment. "We need to get to the bottom of these very serious claims".
When Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from all matters related to the Russian collusion investigation, Rosenstein appointed special counsel Robert Mueller. "As far as timing, the investigation is obviously ongoing, and I'd expect it to continue well after the midterms", the source said.
"Mueller and his team have to provide a confidential report to Rosenstein at the end of the investigation". 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. Over the course of the probe, which began a year ago, Mueller and his team have looked for evidence of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, as well as possible collusion or obstruction of justice on Trump's part.