Deputy AG Rosenstein Battles Trump-Loving GOP Rep at Contentious Hearing: 'Your Use of this to Attack Me Personally is Deeply Wrong'

Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Thursday battled Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), a Donald Trump supporter who is among the House Republicans leading an investigation into special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. 


During his combative testimony before the House Judiciary Committee, Rosenstein pushed back on Jordan’s attempt to paint the Russia investigation in a nefarious light as fellow members of Congress objected to Jordan’s line of questioning. At one point, Rosenstein told Jordan, “your use of this to attack me personally is deeply wrong." 

“It’s not personal,” Jordan assured Rosenstein, before launching into a personal attack on Rosenstein’s role as deputy attorney general.

Jordan asked Rosenstein if the threatened to “subpoena phone calls” from members of the House Intelligence Committee.

“No sir, and there’s no way to subpoena phone calls,” Rosenstein said as the chamber erupted in laughter,

“Who are we supposed to believe?” Jordan asked. “Staff members who we’ve worked with who’ve never misled us? or you guys, who we’ve caught hiding information from us, who tell a witness not to answer our questions, who are we supposed to believe?”

“Thank you for making clear it’s not personal, Mr. Jordan,” Rosenstein replied. “You should believe me because I’m telling the truth and I’m under oath.”

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