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Rod Rosenstein to testify before House committee on Oct. 24

October 18, 2018 GMT

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.

Mr. Rosenstein will appear on October 24 to face lawmakers from the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees.

The interview will be conducted by each committee’s chairman, Bob Goodlatte of Virginia and Trey Gowdy of North Carolina Republican and theranking Democratic members Jerry Nadler of New York and Elijah Cummings of Maryland.The interview will be under oath.

A court reporter will be present to record all questions in a secure, closed-door setting with a transcript reviewed by the Intelligence Community and not disseminated to the public, according to a statement released by the committees.

Mr. Rosenstein was set to appear on Capitol Hear last week but skipped the session for unknown reasons.

Rep. Mark Meadows, North Carolina Republican and member of the Judiciary Committee, said the cancellation was “disappointing.”

“The Deputy Attorney General owes the American people answers about whether he participated in any conversations or decisions seeking to undermine President Trump’s administration from within,” Mr. Meadows said in a statement. “There is reason to be deeply concerned he did.”

GOP lawmakers had been negotiating with Justice Department attorneys about scheduling a meeting with the No. 2 official at the Justice Department.

A New York Times report last month said in the aftermath of FBI Director James Comey’s firing, Mr. Rosenstein talked about recording to the president to oust him from office via the 25th Amendment.

Mr. Rosenstein called the report inaccurate and a Justice Department official said the recording statements were made in jest. But former FBI General Counsel James Baker told lawmakers that two of his colleagues expressed concern to hi