Memos that formed the basis of a New York Times story that has Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in hot water with President Donald Trump could soon be in the hands of some of his fiercest critics in Congress.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) told reporters late Tuesday that he plans to subpoena the Department of Justice for memos written by fired FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, according to Roll Call.
“I had my consultation with the Democrats so that we can issue the subpoena now in two days,” Goodlatte said, according to the publication.
The New York Times last week published an article indicating that Rosenstein, shaken by the way President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey last year, suggested wearing a wire in meetings with the president.
He also raised the possibility of recruiting Cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment, which provides for transferring the powers of the presidency from an incapacitated chief executive, according to the story.
Rosenstein denied the story, but some on Capitol Hill called for his dismissal.
Multiple news outlets reported Monday that Rosenstein was headed to the White House to resign, in anticipation of getting fired. He did go to the White House for a regularly scheduled meeting with chief of staff John Kelly but remained on the job. He has a face-to-face meeting scheduled with Trump on Thursday.
The New York Times referenced McCabe’s memos as the source for its story on Rosenstein. McCabe lost his job due to a “lack of candor” with the DOJ’s inspector general and for violating FBI policy on leaking information related to the probe of 2016 Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified emails as secretary of state.
Goodlatte (pictured above) did not commit to hauling Rosenstein before the House to answer questions about the Times story even though others in Congress have called for that to happen.
“Regardless of what happens to Mr. Rosenstein, he needs to appear in front of the Judiciary Committee,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) tweeted this week. “You can’t have the head of the Justice Department (even if it’s sarcasm) talking to subordinates about recording the Commander in Chief. He needs to answer our questions.”