(National Sentinel) Testimony: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has been called to appear before the House Judiciary Committee next week to answer questions regarding reports of political bias against President Donald J. Trump on the staff of special counsel Robert Mueller.
In a statement issued Wednesday, Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., said he is deeply troubled by recent reports regarding suspect political motives among Mueller’s staff.
In particular, Goodlatte and other Republican members of the committee want to know more about former lead FBI counterintelligence investigator Peter Strzok, who was removed by Mueller earlier this year after the Justice Department’s inspector general discovered he exchanged anti-Trump texts messages with an FBI lawyer, Lisa Page, and Mueller staff lawyer Andrew Weissmann, who praised former acting AG Sally Yates after she refused to defend the president’s first travel ban.
“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,” Goodlatte said.
“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, he added. “Another prosecutor, who remains on the special counsel’s team, has expressed views opposing President Trump’s agenda.”
He added, “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,” the chairman said.
Rosenstein appointed Mueller after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from any Russia-related Justice Department investigation.
During testimony before the House earlier this year, fired FBI Director James Comey said he leaked a memo he had written after an alleged conversation with Trump regarding dropping the bureau’s investigation into Trump’s first national security advisor, Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty last week in federal court for lying to FBI agents, one of whom was Strzok.
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