Ranking Member Jordan Statement on the Expected Departure of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein from U.S. Department of Justice

Published: Jan 9, 2019

WASHINGTON, DC –  Today, Congressman Jim Jordan, the Ranking Member of the House Committee on Oversight and Reform, issued the following statement in response to the expected departure of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein from the U.S. Department of Justice:

“The American people have a right to know if the Deputy Attorney General plotted to wear a wire to secretly record the President with the goal of removing him from office. This is a serious matter and one Mr. Rosenstein must account for under oath. Rod Rosenstein’s expected departure from his post in no way absolves him of his responsibility to answer questions before Congress. I hope and expect Chairman Cummings will expeditiously seek Mr. Rosenstein’s prompt appearance before Congress.”
 
Additionally, Ranking Member Jim Jordan and Congressman Mark Meadows sent a letter to Chairman Elijah Cummings urging him to call Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to appear before Congress.
Excerpts from the letter: 
 
“The announcement of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s departure from the Department of Justice (DOJ) is a reminder of the Committee’s need to continue its investigation of actions undertaken by the Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) during 2016 and 2017.”
 
“Our joint investigation revealed specific details of high-level government officials discussing statements made by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein concerning coup-like options against the President. These included coordinating with two cabinet officials to invoke the 25th Amendment and surreptitiously recording the President while in his presence. These facts raise serious concerns about the decision-making within DOJ and FBI.”   
Full Text of the letter can be viewed here.