House Freedom Caucus Demands Rosenstein Resign ‘Immediately’
The US House of Representatives Freedom Caucus head Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) Thursday called for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to resign “immediately.”
The demand reflects an escalating dissatisfaction with the Department of Justice’s #2 official, both for his lack of “candor” and failure, so far, to appear before lawmakers.
In September, Representative Meadows pressed for Mr. Rosenstein to either testify before the House Judiciary Committee or step down.
“I think at this particular point, Rod Rosenstien’s priorities are misplaced,” Mr. Meadows told reporters.
“His unwillingness to come before Congress and allow us to conduct proper congressional oversight, along with the other information that we’ve learned over the last week or so, would indicate that Rod Rosenstein has not displayed the candor of which would support one’s theory of actually believing that he has been open and honest in all regards.”
“So with that, I think that it’s time that Rod Rosenstein steps down,” he added. “He should do so immediately and in doing that, I think it would serve the country well, it would serve this President well.”
Mr. Rosenstein oversees special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia probe, which the Freedom Caucus and other conservatives have blasted as biased against President Donald Trump.
Conservative lawmakers also have been trying to question Mr. Rosenstein about his reported consideration of wearing a wire to record President Trump, and of invoking the 25th Amendment.
Another Freedom Caucus member, Rep. Jim Jordan, (R-OH) Thursday chastised Mr. Rosenstein for giving an interview to The WS-J, but bailing on testifying before Congress.
“Rosenstein interviews with @WSJ where he says Robert Mueller investigation is ‘appropriate and independent.’
Translation: there is time for media spin to justify Mr. Mueller probe but no time to answer questions from Congress about his statement on recording the President,” Mr. Jordan tweeted.