Rod Rosenstein Agrees To Speak In Private With House Lawmakers: Report

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reportedly agreed to a private meeting with members from the House of Representatives following accusations of being willing to wire himself to record the president.

He agreed to the meeting late Thursday in a phonecall with Virginia Republican Rep. Bob Goodlatte, according to The Associated Press, citing a source familiar with the situation.

Rosenstein has existed in a limbo since Monday when it was reported that he expected to be fired and had expressed his willingness to resign. He was set to meet Thursday with President Donald Trump to discuss memos written by former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe that allegedly show Rosenstein offering to wear a wire in meetings with Trump. While Trump pushed back the meeting, the House Judiciary Committee moved forward, summoning Rosenstein to testify.

The AP reported, however, that “the person familiar with the situation, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss private conversations, says Rosenstein had agreed to the meeting before that tweet.”

McCabe claimed in memos that Rosenstein offered to wear a wire during meetings with Trump, according to The New York Times. McCabe, who was fired for lack of candor, also claimed Rosenstein had discussed using the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office. (RELATED: Alan Dershowitz Declares Rod Rosenstein Done At The DOJ)

Rosenstein disputed the report, saying he never seriously discussed deposing Trump or spying on him. Department of Justice sources who were in the meetings anonymously claimed that Rosenstein responded sarcastically to a request from McCabe to investigate Trump.

Trump spoke with Rosenstein after senior officials advised the president not to fire him over accusations from McCabe.

“We’ve had a good talk,” Trump said Wednesday, according to The New York Times. “[Rosenstein] says he never said it, he doesn’t believe it, he gets a lot of respect from me. He’s very nice, and we’ll see.”

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