Washington, D.C. – On Wednesday, December 13, 2017 at 10:00 a.m., Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will testify before the House Judiciary Committee at an oversight hearing.
In his capacity as Deputy Attorney General, Mr. Rosenstein advises and assists Attorney General Jeff Sessions in formulating and implementing policies and programs and in providing overall supervision and direction to all components of the Justice Department. Because Attorney General Sessions recused himself, Mr. Rosenstein also has direct oversight of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russia’s interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Recent media reports have raised serious concerns about the political motives of staff assigned to the special counsel’s investigative team. One staff member, Peter Strzok – who also allegedly influenced former FBI Director Comey’s decision to characterize former Secretary Clinton’s use of a private email server as “extremely careless” instead of “grossly negligent” – has been fired from the special counsel’s team for sending anti-Trump texts. Another prosecutor on the team, Andrew Weissman, praised a former DOJ official for refusing to defend President Trump’s temporary travel moratorium.
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) issued the statement below in advance of this hearing and on recent reports about staff controversies in the special counsel’s investigation.
“I am very troubled by the recent controversy surrounding staff assigned to the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in last year’s presidential election. For example, one investigator allegedly has been removed from the special counsel’s team for sending anti-Trump texts. He is also believed to have played a key role in the Clinton investigation, which allowed her and her associates to go unpunished for their use of a private email server to send and receive classified information. Another prosecutor, who remains on the special counsel’s team, has expressed views opposing President Trump’s agenda.
“Next week, Members of the House Judiciary Committee will have the opportunity to ask Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein about these developments since he is tasked with overseeing the special counsel’s investigation. We look forward to hearing from Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein on the many issues facing the Justice Department and on answers to the many questions Members have regarding issues before the Department.”
Media Guidance: The hearing will take place in 2141 Rayburn House Office Building and will be webcast live at judiciary.house.gov. On the day of the hearing, media will be allowed access to the committee hearing room at 9:30 a.m.
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