House committees to interview Rosenstein behind closed doors about 'wire' comment

Cheryl Sanders
October 19, 2018

Rosenstein has been a central figure for the House Judiciary Committee, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, and House Select Committee on Intelligence in their joint investigation, begun previous year into decisions the Department of Justice and FBI made during two major investigations tied to the 2016 election.

Bloomberg notes that Mueller's findings may not be made public "if he doesn't secure unsealed indictments", as Rosenstein has some discretion to decide what is publicly released and what is disclosed to Congress.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has offered what The Wall Street Journal described on Wednesday as a "forceful defense" of the special counsel's ongoing investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 US election.

"I committed I would ensure the investigation was appropriate and independent and reached the right result, whatever it may be", he said.

Rosenstein, for his part, denied the Times report, saying: "I never pursued or authorized recording the President and any suggestion that I have ever advocated for the removal of the President is absolutely false".

Baker, who left the bureau earlier this year, is testifying before the House Judiciary Committee behind closed doors Thursday about the genesis of the FBI's Russian Federation case and about the surveillance warrant application for Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

The "wire" controversy fueled speculation weeks ago that the deputy attorney general might be fired or quit.

The only other person will who be present for the interview besides Rosenstein and the four committee leaders will be a court reporter.

Rosenstein's interview comes after he canceled one with lawmakers last week, after meeting with President Trump. But between the reporting that he has urged Mueller to bring the investigation to an end expeditiously, the reporting Mueller will drop key developments after the November midterm elections and the WSJ reporting that the special counsel's office has "taken some actions suggesting it could wrap up within several months", perhaps the end of the investigation is not so far away after all.

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