JUST IN: Goodlatte and Gowdy Postpone Interview With DAG Rosenstein
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein
House Republicans postponed a closed-door interview with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein originally scheduled for Wednesday.
House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) and House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) released a joint statement Tuesday evening:
“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.”
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.
Rosenstein previously demanded his interview be held in a SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility) with multiple Republican lawmakers excluded.
Gowdy and Goodlatte gave in to Rosenstein’s demands. It is also important to note that both Republican lawmakers announced their retirement and will not seek reelection in the 2018 midterms.
Catherine Herridge reported Monday that Rosenstein’s transcribed interview will be withheld from the public for a prolonged period of time because it must be reviewed by the intelligence community before it is released.
When Rosenstein’s interview is finally released to the public, it will have redactions.
Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-NC) blasted Rosenstein for demanding his interview be held in a classified setting.
Congressman Matt Gaetz (R-FL) also criticized the process and said, “This is no way to conduct 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.