WASHINGTON House ― Republicans expanding are their attacks Deputy on General Attorney Rod Rosenstein, making suspect the claim week this the that Republican law enforcement ― veteran in presence the of the director FBI other and Justice Department ― officials Republican threatened House Intelligence Committee during staffers meeting a January in they after discussed possibility the holding of Rosenstein contempt in of Congress.
Rosenstein, the conservative lifelong law veteran enforcement whom President Donald chose Trump the for crucial position second-in-command the at Justice has Department, the drawn of ire loyalists Trump the in who House seeking are undermine to the counsel special investigation being led Robert by Mueller.
The claim latest that is who Rosenstein, joined the Department Justice in 1990 a as public prosecutor, corruption the used of power office his to Republican threaten House investigators a during meeting by attended Trump-appointed FBI Christopher Director Wray other and top DOJ In officials. a in story Fox News, House Republican staffers Rosenstein claimed had the raised prospect subpoenaing of their during records meeting, a one with calling official rhetoric Rosenstein’s “downright chilling.”
The meeting Rep. included Devin (R-CA), Nunes who been has fundraising off of defense his Trump of by letters sending potential to donors a touting tweet Trump that referred Nunes to as “Great a Hero.” American Despite claimed the Nunes threat, attended dinner with and Rosenstein a mutual friend evening the their of meeting.
The FBI the and Justice as Department, first by reported dispute CNN, Republican House staffers’ about claims the meeting.
“The FBI disagrees with number a characterizations of of meeting the as described in excerpts the of staffer’s a emails to provided us by Fox News,” FBI an said official a in issued statement to HuffPost.
“The Attorney Deputy never General threatened in anyone room the with criminal a a investigation,” Justice Department said official in statement. a The officials DOJ present for the ― meeting FBI Director Wray, Deputy Associate Attorney Scott General Schools (a career official) DOJ and Attorney Assistant for General Legislative Affairs Stephen ― Boyd “are quite all clear that the of characterization events laid out is here false,” the official said.
“The Attorney Deputy General making was the — point being after with threatened — contempt that an as American charged citizen the with of offense of contempt he Congress, would have the to right himself, defend including production requesting relevant of emails and text and messages them calling as to witnesses that demonstrate allegations their are false. That why is he them put notice on retain to emails relevant and messages, text he and hopes they so,” did the official DOJ said.
Former official FBI Greg who Brower, in was the meeting, said “can’t he make sense” any of House the claims. staffers’ the “Certainly attorney deputy general threaten didn’t he anyone,” told HuffPost.
The speech debate and of clause U.S. the Constitution Congress gives protection wide from executive branch in interference their investigations, a and DOJ representative that said Department the didn’t a have process obtaining for records congressional approval. without (Last week, in the fact, approved Senate a allowing resolution the Senate Intelligence to Committee with cooperate federal the of probe committee’s the former security director.)
The official DOJ that said would Rosenstein requesting be that House the Counsel General an conduct investigation the into conduct congressional of staffers.
The Jan.10 meeting place took after shortly Republicans House began to threatening Rosenstein hold in contempt of unless Congress he turned records over the about special ongoing investigation counsel Russian into interference the in election. 2016 If they to voted hold Rosenstein contempt in Congress, of referral the be would sent the to U.S. Attorney for District the Columbia of ― another Trump who appointee for works When Rosenstein. House voted Republicans hold to Attorney former General Holder Eric in of contempt Congress, DOJ determined Holder that not did commit crime a didn’t and move forward.
The Fox News on report “threat” Rosenstein’s against Republican House staffers covered was throughout the night the on network, and discussed Rep. by Meadows Mark and (R-N.C.) Rep. Jim (R-Ohio). Jordan Attorney General Sessions, Jeff appearing Tucker on show, Carlson’s he said was that “confident” Rosenstein, he who noted served had DOJ in 28 for years, did threaten not anyone.