DECRIES “DOUBLE STANDARD” FOR DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL
by Sharon Rondeau
Late Thursday afternoon, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte and Oversight and Government Reform Committee chairman Trey Gowdy announced that Rosenstein had agreed to testify on Wednesday, October 24 after failing to appear on Thursday, October 11 as previously scheduled.
The announcement stated that only the two committee chairmen and each ranking member would be present, along with a court reporter and Rosenstein but did not explain the reason for those accommodations.
“There should be NO double standard,” Meadows tweeted. “Show up and tell the truth under the same conditions as everyone else.”
Meadows is a member of the Oversight Committee and apparently excluded from Wednesday’s hearing.
On Thursday, Meadows tweeted that Rosenstein should “resign immediately” after hearing testimony from former FBI Chief Counsel James Baker as to the actions of the FBI and Justice Department in the months prior to the 2016 election. Many Republicans suspect that the Russia “dossier,” commissioned by research company Fusion GPS but paid for by the Democratic National Committee/Hillary Clinton campaign, was presented, without accompanying exculpatory evidence, to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) as the foundational evidence by which to obtain for surveillance warrants on then-trump campaign advisor Dr. Carter Page.
Rosenstein’s signature appears on the fourth and final warrant application dated June 2017.
For Wednesday’s session, lawmakers are primarily concerned with a New York Times article dated September 21, 2018 alleging that Rosenstein expressed a desire to spy on Trump by “wearing a wire” to record Trump’s conversations and enlist the support of cabinet members to remove him from office by means of the 25th Amendment.
After it became clear that Rosenstein would not appear on October 11, Meadows posted a press release which states, in part:
“It is disappointing Rod Rosenstein will not be answering questions before Congress tomorrow—to put it mildly. 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. There is reason to be deeply concerned he did.“
Rosenstein has denied the article’s allegations through a spokesman but not addressed them directly. However, on Columbus Day he accompanied Trump on a trip to Orlando, FL via Air Force One, after which Trump said the conversation was “great.”
Trump has indicated he has no desire to fire Rosenstein, and Rosenstein has not said whether or not he will voluntarily resign.