This Week: Mueller Expected To Deliver Reports On Obstruction, Collusion After Midterms

Saul Bowman
October 20, 2018

Rosenstein's own job was viewed as hanging in the balance after a New York Times report indicated the deputy attorney general suggested secretly recording Trump and invoking the 25th Amendment to remove him from office shortly after Trump fired James Comey as Federal Bureau of Investigation director past year.

That means Meadows, Freedom Caucus co-founder Jim Jordan and other hard-line conservatives who have been vocal participants in the investigations will not be able to question Rosenstein. At one pre-trial hearing, the 78-year old jurist said the real reason for the dogged pursuit of crimes dating back more than a decade was to get Manafort "to sing", divulging anything he might know about the President.

Speaking to the Journal, Rosenstein described the investigation, led by former FBI Director Robert Mueller, as "appropriate and independent" and one that the public would have faith in.

When Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from all matters related to the Russian collusion investigation, Rosenstein appointed special counsel Robert Mueller. Rosenstein has denied the reports are accurate.

The announcement on Thursday that Rosenstein will sit for a transcribed interview October 24 comes after weeks of negotiations over the meeting.

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. He's among the Republicans who have accused the agencies of bias against the president. On Thursday, he tweeted that Rosenstein "should resign immediately". And Rosenstein has wide discretion on what he releases to Congress, and whether he releases any of it publicly.

The New York Times reported last month that Rosenstein had suggesting wearing a wire when talking to Trump in the Oval Office and discussed the possibility of Cabinet officials invoking the 25th Amendment to remove the president.

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But the story was subsequently updated to say it was not clear what the reaction was to the offer.

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