House Committee chair Bob Goodlatte has announced that he will subpoena Rod Rosenstein after Rosenstein was a no-show last week. The committee wants to question him about volunteering to wear a wire to tape President Trump and for trying to recruit cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment.
Rosenstein said it was just a joke, but two people that were at that meeting, Andrew McCabe and Lisa Page both testified that Rosenstein was serious. Goodlatte says if Rosenstein does not agree to a closed-door meeting, he will be left with no choice but to issue a subpoena.
Rosenstein was expected to testify to Congress on Thursday, but those plans fell through at the last minute. One Republican lawmaker seeking Rosenstein’s testimony said that the Department of Justice official likely feels emboldened after a meeting he had Monday with Trump.
Trump said after the meeting that he has no plans to fire Rosenstein over reports that he offered to wear a wire. Rosenstein has said that he was joking about spying on Trump. Another Justice Department official told reporters that Rosenstein was making a sarcastic remark in response to a request from former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe to open an investigation of Trump after the firing of James Comey as FBI director.
McCabe wrote a memo in which he said that Rosenstein was serious about wearing a wire. McCabe also claimed that Rosenstein suggested using the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.
James Baker, the FBI general counsel at the time, told Congress on Oct. 3 that McCabe and McCabe’s assistant, Lisa Page, took Rosenstein’s comments seriously.
What will this yield? I guess time will tell. One thing is, it will be interesting to see what happens if anything does at all.
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