Top lawmakers to interview Rosenstein over reports he secretly taped Trump

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The announcement comes just hours after House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, an Oversight subcommittee chairman, called on Rosenstein to resign, citing his unwillingness to cooperate with the panels' investigation.

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Judiciary Chairman Robert Goodlatte, R-Va., and Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said in a statement that the interview will be held in a secure room and that a transcript will be released after the intelligence community reviews it for classified information.

Rosenstein has been under fire since reports surfaced that he said he wanted to wear a wire while talking to the president and discussed the 25th amendment. But to date, House GOP leaders have not gone as far as Meadows, Gaetz and other Trump allies, who have called for declassification of records related to the probe, and for Rosenstein's head - most recently with an unsuccessful attempt to push for his impeachment over the summer. The president declared his job safe, saying he was "not making any changes".

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After Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russian Federation probe, Rosenstein was the next person up.

Jordan said Rosenstein was "obligated" to testify to Congress under oath. "We need to get to the bottom of these very serious claims". Lawmakers said Baker did not back away from those claims when he gave a closed-door deposition to the House Judiciary Committee on Thursday. Meadows wrote on Twitter that Rosenstein "has not cooperated with Congress, failed to be transparent about his actions, and shown a lack of candor in the way he's characterized a number of events".

Special Counsel Robert Mueller is expected to present his findings on the two core issues of the Trump-Russia probe, collusion and obstruction, "soon after the November midterm elections".

The Justice Department continues its investigation into the Trump campaign's ties to the Russians, and CNN reported on Wednesday. that Paul Manafort - Trump's former campaign aide - and his team of lawyers have visited the special counsel's office in Washington, D.C.

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