Congress Postponed Today’s Interview with Rosenstein Due to ‘Lack of Time’… Rosenstein Seen Today at Awards Ceremony
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein
As previously reported, House Republicans postponed a closed-door interview with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein originally scheduled for Wednesday.
In a joint statement released Tuesday evening, House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) said Rosenstein’s interview was postponed because the Committees were unable to ask all the questions of the Deputy Attorney General within the time allotted.
“The Committees are unable to ask all questions of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein within the time allotted for tomorrow’s transcribed interview, therefore, the interview will be postponed. Mr. Rosenstein has indicated his willingness to testify before the Judiciary and Oversight Committees in the coming weeks in either a transcribed interview or a public setting. We appreciate his willingness to appear and will announce further details once it has been rescheduled.”
Gowdy and Goodlatte, who are both retiring this year, gave in to Rosenstein’s demands of a special format, but were they really restricted on time?
The interview with Rod Rosenstein was announced last week. The Deputy Attorney General was scheduled to appear on Capitol Hill for a closed-door, classified interview to be conducted in a SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility) with multiple Republican lawmakers excluded.
The Department of Justice sent out an announcement Tuesday morning that AG Sessions and DAG Rosenstein would appear at an awards ceremony for Attorney General’s in Washington D.C.
PHOTO: Rosenstein stands at the lectern and delivers remarks at the 66th Annual Attorney General’s Awards Ceremony Wednesday:
— Justice Department (@TheJusticeDept) October 24, 2018
Curiously, Tuesday evening, Goodlatte and Gowdy released a joint statement postponing the Congressional interview with Rosenstein.
The midterms are less than two weeks away. If Rosenstein doesn’t appear before House Republicans before the midterms and the Democrats take the House, goodbye oversight.
It appears Rosenstein’s strategy to delay an interview with Republican lawmakers about his plan to wear a wire and oust Trump from office is working.
Rosenstein's testimony was announced last week. DOJ sent out an announcement yesterday morning that Rosenstein and Sessions would be at today's ceremony. Goodlatte and Gowdy announced postponement yesterday evening.
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) October 24, 2018