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Rosenstein accused of threatening a GOP-led Committee
Catherine Herridge reports from Washington.
GOP lawmakers accused the justice Department of “intimidation” on the heels of a Fox News report that the Deputy General Prosecutor Rod Rosenstein threatened once to shake a “subpoena,” House committee members, with legislators now claim that employees have been left “physically” Rosenstein tactics.
Fox News’ Catherine Herridge reported Tuesday on the E-Mails described the meeting in a tense closed-door in January. Posted by Committee staff, you said Rosenstein threatened action E-Mails, phone records and other documents from lawmakers and aides on the house Intelligence Committee — in response to inquiries regarding the Russia-tube.
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A staff member said Rosenstein launched a “sustained personal attack against a congressional staffer in retaliation for vigorous oversight” and called the threats “absolutely striking.”
The Ministry of justice and the FBI, the characterizations of the meetings, with a DOJ official told Fox News denied that the officials described in the space, the characterization of the events as wrong.
Further, the officials said that if Rosenstein back in the United States from a ride to work, “he will demand that the house General Council to conduct the conduct of an internal investigation of these Congressional staffers’.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions, whose recusal in the year 2017, setting Rosenstein responsible for the Russia-investigation, supported by his Deputy Tuesday evening.
“I am confident that the Deputy Rosenstein, 28 years, is threatening, in the area of justice, does not wrong anyone on this occasion, but we believe that we have tried, who had co-operatively with them and made progress … in fact some good relationships with top members of Congress,” sessions said on Fox News’ “Tucker Carlson tonight.”
But Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who sits on the House Oversight Committee, blasted sessions for the remarks, said he was “flabbergasted.”
“I mean, what the attorney General is saying?”, he said on “The Ingraham angle” before listing a number of areas in which he believes, Rosenstein is not the Committee responded to calls.
“[A]nd today, we have learned, in Catherine’s report that … Rod Rosenstein, members of the House Intelligence Committee for the work threatened, for trying to answer for the American people and the attorney-General says, “that’s okay, we do just fine’?”
Jordan and Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N. C., said that she is calling to meet the push for a house vote on a resolution asking Rosenstein Committee.
Florida GOP Rep. Matt Gaetz further claimed that he heard “threats” of Rosenstein as well,” says the DOJ intimidation and stone-masonry-tactics went too far.”
“I’ve heard first-hand from congressional staff following threats of Rod Rosenstein,” he said in a statement. “The staff has literally scared to the point of physically shaking in my congressional office, out of concern for your family is.”
Gaetz went on to say that Rosenstein was “intractably conflict” and should recuse himself from investigations in the trump campaign and the behavior of the FBI and DOJ officials.
Not to use “now, from a refusal of submission of documents, to properly redact documents, is a threat to our staff, it is clear that Rod Rosenstein, you will have every tool to thwart available to congressional oversight,” he said.
In the night of Wednesday on Fox News’ “The story,” Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-.S.C., told host Martha MacCallum that he has “just about had it with the Rosenstein-approach.”
“We have a duty to monitor, the Department of Justice, and here is what they said, I wouldn’t say that, Mr. Rosenstein: If you believe that the Department of Justice has not been off the rails, they are clearly the same Department of Justice I am of the view,” Graham.
“If you don’t believe that the FBI was in the tank for [Hillary] Clinton and hated Trump, you are not looking at the E-Mails there. So do not be upset, because we challenge you, to Department of Justice, which is out of control,” he said.
The question about the January meeting, Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., unless a statement to Fox News noticed it and referred the incident to speaker of the house of representatives Paul Ryan’s office: “The Intelligence Committee is of the view that staff concerns on the most difficult level, especially those involving interactions with the Executive. Based on the reasonable concern that our staff, lead investigators, we have pointed out, this matter to the Speaker’s Office.”
A Senior Justice Department official told Fox News that the Rosenstein and others have offered to meet on Thursday with a group of house leaders, known as the Gang of Eight, on past record requests.
A DOJ official told Fox News that Rosenstein “never threatened anybody in the room with a criminal investigation.” The official said, “Department” and ” Bureau officials in the room, “are all quite clear that the characterization of the events put on here is wrong,” adding that Rosenstein was as a response to a threat of contempt.
“The Deputy attorney General made the point—after he was threatened with contempt, as an American citizen accused of the offence of contempt of Congress, he would have the right to defend themselves, for example, to the production of relevant E-Mails and text messages and calling you as a witness to prove that their claims are false,” said the official. “That’s why he put you on notice to keep relevant E-Mails and text messages, and he hopes that you did. (We have no procedure to such records without the consent of the Congress.)”
Fox News’ Catherine Herridge, Pamela K. Browne and Cyd Upson contributed to this report.
Adam Shaw is a political Reporter and occasional opinion writer for FoxNews.com. He can be reached here or on Twitter: @AdamShawNY.