Skip to comments.Conservatives fume over format of upcoming Rosenstein interview
Posted on 10/22/2018 3:08:43 PM PDT by yesthatjallen
House conservatives are fuming over the format of an upcoming interview with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, saying the closed-door setup will hinder transparency.
Reps. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), both key figures in the ultra-conservative Freedom Caucus, have criticized the logistics of Wednesday's planned sit-down with Rosenstein which will be limited to the top Republicans and Democrats on the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform committees and a court reporter.
Why are we continuing to do hearings in private where we dont have press or the American people to be the arbiter of what is fair and right? Meadows asked on Friday, while questioning whether the interview "will do anything to alleviate the concerns of Americans."
He added that Rosenstein has purposefully gone out of his way to not be transparent with the American people.
Jordan indicated on Friday that some members plan to push back on the interview format, saying the setup is completely unacceptable because the American people will never know what was said.
Neither Jordan nor Meadows, two of President Trump's top allies on Capitol Hill, directly blamed Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) or Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) for the interview arrangement. Instead, they said the format stems from "weakness."
Goodlatte and other GOP aides pushed back on their criticism, noting that a transcript of Rosenstein's sworn-oath testimony will be made public.
"It's important to note that there is no limitation on the scope of these questions," Goodlatte told Fox News on Sunday. "We will have a court reporter present who has a security clearance, and we will have transcripts of that interview. And then we will turn that over to the intelligence community to make sure that there are no things that cannot be released the public."
Goodlatte said lawmakers will be permitted to view the classified version of the interview before an unclassified one is made public. The Virginia Republican added that he and Gowdy proposed the interview format.
A Gowdy aide said that the Oversight chairman has encouraged other lawmakers to submit questions that he can ask on Wednesday alongside Goodlatte, Rep. Jerrold Nadler (N.Y.), the top Democrat on Judiciary, and Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), the ranking member on Oversight.
Freedom Caucus members called for Rosenstein, the top DOJ official overseeing special counsel Robert Muellers Russia investigation, to be subpoenaed after plans for him to be interviewed by the two committees earlier this month fell through for reasons that are unclear.
Before the initial meeting was postponed, Meadows told The Hill that only joint task force members a select group of Republican lawmakers on the two committees that include Meadows and Jordan would be interviewing Rosenstein behind closed-doors, an arrangement that appeared acceptable to conservative lawmakers.
Conservative lawmakers have been eager grill Rosenstein, even before a bombshell New York Times article last month said he had considered wearing a wire to record Trump after the president fired former FBI Director James Comey in May 2017.
The Times story also said Rosenstein had discussed the possibility of Cabinet officials invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office.
Rosenstein and the Justice Department disputed the story, while some news outlets reported that he made the suggestions in jest.
Trump later said he had no plans to fire Rosenstein.
Despite the presidents recent assurances that Rosenstein is safe, Republicans continue to chatter that Rosenstein and Attorney General Jeff Sessions who recused himself from the Russia probe will be out after the midterm elections.
Democrats have warned Trump not to fire Rosenstein and other top officials tied to the Mueller probe, saying that doing so would lead to a constitutional crisis.
So the American people never learn the truth.
Why are we continuing to do hearings in private where we dont have press or the American people to be the arbiter of what is fair and right?
Gowdy and Goodlatte are Deep State connected.
“Democrats have warned Trump not to fire Rosenstein”
They were praying they could goad him into it so they could start howling, pulling their hair and clutching their pearls.
He didn’t take the bait. I love this guy.
“Reps. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), both key figures in the ultra-conservative Freedom Caucus....” Ultra-conservative? I consider them two of the few honest conservatives in the House.
The redacted testimony will be released on...
Wednesday - November 7
Has the hill ever referred to the Black Caucus or the Progressive Caucus as "ultra leftwing" or "ultra communist"?
Nope, no bias there. None at all.
This may allow Rosenweasel to secretly plead the 5th.
“Drain the Swamp”: the ultimate fraud. WTH is the AG!
Maybe if they stopped the Rosenstein investigation from interfering with much needed investigation in democrat collusion, this bull sht would not go on.
I have mixed feelings about this. If the interview was totally public then RR would keep using it as an excuse to not answer questions. On the other hand the public needs to know before the election. They need to know what a dirty cop RR is.
And Rosin the Redactor gets to black out the pages...
when I see the writer’s name - Olivia Beavers - I can almost write the piece myself:
LinkedIn: Olivia Beavers, The Hill
News Associate CNN
March 2016 February 2017
Office of the Chief of Staff and Office of Communications Intern, The White House
January 2015 May 2015
Associate Producer of PBS American Forum, University of Virginia Miller Center August 2014 December 2014
Energy Resource Bureau Intern, U.S. Department of State
June 2014 August 2014
University of Virginia
Bachelor of Arts (B.A.), Foreign Affairs 2012 2015
So, what did you expect?
Trump should have delcassifiied and released the FISA docs like he said he was going to do. There is enough info in those docs to justify firing Rosenstein on the spot.
Instead, Trump let Rosenstein talk him out of it and then he back tracked on his order and kicked them over to Horowitz.
The net result of this reversal in that Rosenstein is still winning. Despite trying to undermine and then remove the president, and stonewalling the congress, Rosenstein still has his job.
Trump is oddly reluctant to fire this guy. Something is not right here.
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