Rosenstein Fails to Show Up for Congressional Hearing

‘His obstinance should not be rewarded with more delays…’

Rosenstein Refuses to Discuss Whether Obama Spied on Trump Campaign

Rod Rosenstein (screen shot: Maureen Dowling/Youtube)

(Lindsey McPherson, CQ-Roll Call) Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein was expected to testify in a closed session with the House Judiciary and Oversight committees this week but he will not appear, according to a news release from GOP Reps. Andy Biggs and Matt Gaetz.

The panels had wanted to question Rosenstein about a New York Times report that alleged he wanted to secretly record President Donald Trump and had talked about trying to force the president out by invoking the 25th Amendment.

Biggs of Arizona and Gaetz of Florida are now calling on the Judiciary Committee to subpoena Rosenstein to compel his testimony.

“Despite speculation that he would appear on Thursday, October 11th, Rosenstein has again failed to cooperate with congressional leaders,” Biggs said. “The Judiciary Committee must now subpoena him to appear. His obstinance should not be rewarded with more delays.

“Rod Rosenstein has stonewalled congressional investigations for months, while allowing Special Counsel Robert Mueller to escape oversight of his investigation.”

Gaetz accused DOJ of “playing hide-and-seek with Congressional interviews,” saying that suggests they are not taking lawmakers seriously.

“I hope that a subpoena will impress upon DAG Rosenstein the gravity of our request, and I look forward to questioning him when he appears before the committee,” he said.

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