An interview with Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein on Capitol Hill has been indefinitely postponed, the leaders of two House committees announced Tuesday.
Rosenstein had been expected to speak with the leaders of the House Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform panels on Wednesday afternoon, but the chairmen of those panels said that the amount of time they had budgeted for the session was not enough “to ask all the questions” they had planned.
“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,” Reps. Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) and Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) said in a statement.
Rosenstein was expected to come to the Hill as some of Trump’s congressional allies have been calling for his resignation. Rank-and-file lawmakers were not supposed to participate in the now-postponed interview. But Rosenstein was expected nonetheless to field questions about reports that he proposed taping the president and suggested using a constitutional amendment to oust him from the Oval Office. Goodlatte has already subpoenaed the memos kept by former FBI deputy director Andrew McCabe that made those claims.
The deputy attorney general has disputed news reports about McCabe’s memos; his defenders have said his comment about the wire, in particular, was not meant to be taken seriously. But others, such as former FBI general counsel James Baker, have told lawmakers that it was McCabe’s understanding Rosenstein made the suggestion seriously.