House Judiciary Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and House Oversight Committee Chairman Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) announced Tuesday evening that they would be postponing their Wednesday interview with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein because they were “unable to ask all questions” of the embattled Justice Department official.
“The Committees are unable to ask all questions of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein within the time allotted for tomorrow’s transcribed interview, therefore, the interview will be postponed,” the chairmen said in a statement.
“Rosenstein has indicated his willingness to testify before the Judiciary and Oversight Committees in the coming weeks in either a transcribed interview or a public setting. We appreciate his willingness to appear and will announce further details once it has been rescheduled.”
Wednesday’s interview was supposed to focus primarily on a September New York Times report titled, Rod Rosenstein Suggested Secretly Recording Trump and Discussed 25th Amendment. The article claimed that the Deputy Attorney General made comments about secretly recording President Trump and invoking the 25th Amendment during multiple meetings and conversations with DOJ and FBI officials.
Former FBI General Counsel James Baker (a close Comey confidante) spoke to lawmakers twice telling them he believed Rosenstein was “serious” when discussing secretly recording Trump and invoking the 25th Amendment.
“(Baker) told lawmakers that he knew Rosenstein was serious based on (former FBI Deputy Director) McCabe’s ‘words and actions’ after their meeting with (Rosenstein),” said a source with direct knowledge of the closed-door hearing Thursday. The source did not disclose what actions McCabe took to follow through with their discussion to record Trump secretly. Baker was not in the meeting with Rosenstein, but took ‘seriously’ what was being discussed with him, said sources with knowledge of his deposition.