Mark Meadows: Rod Rosenstein testimony could happen Oct. 11

October 3, 2018

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein could testify before the House Judiciary Committee on Oct. 11, Rep. Mark Meadows, North Carolina Republican, said Wednesday.

Mr. Meadows said the Judiciary Committee members are considering a transcribed interview in a closed-door setting, but they have not yet finalized an agreement with the Justice Department.

A joint panel of six Democrats and six Republicans will likely oversee the questioning, Mr. Meadows said in an interview with The Hill.

Republican lawmakers want to hear from Mr. Rosenstein after The New York Times reported last month that he discussed secretly recording President Trump and sought to oust him by invoking the 25th Amendment.

Mr. Rosenstein, who oversees special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, has called The Times’ report “factually incorrect,” with another official saying his comments about wiretapping the president were a sarcastic joke.

Mr. Meadows told The Hill that Mr. Rosenstein deserves the opportunity to explain himself.

“Even though I’ve been a strong critic, I think he has to have the ability to come before us and say what he did say or didn’t say,” the congressman said.

The report sparked rampant media speculation that Mr. Rosenstein would be fired or resign. Those predictions died down after Mr. Trump said his “preference” would be to keep Mr. Rosenstein.

Mr. Meadows told The Hill that he doesn’t expect Mr. Rosenstein will be fired.

“I think at this point, I know the president wants to make sure that transparency happens, but he also wants to make sure it doesn’t inadvertently look like he’s putting his hand on the scale of justice,” Mr. Meadows said.