June 29 (UPI) — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein answered questions on Capitol Hill Thursday about the ongoing investigation into alleged Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Republicans questioned Rosenstein about his integrity, professionalism and whether he has hid information requested of him by Congress.
Rosenstein denied any wrongdoing and defended himself when Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, accused him of redacting information.
“It is time for the Department of Justice to give Congress the documents we’ve requested,” Jordan said, according to Real Clear Politics.
“I think in a few minutes the House of Representatives is going to go on record saying you have not complied with requests from a separate and equal branch of government, that you haven’t complied with subpoenas, and you got seven days to get your act together,” Jordan said. “And I don’t know why you won’t give us what we’ve asked for.”
“Sir, I certainly hope that your colleagues are not under that impression. It is not accurate sir,” Rosenstein said.
“It is accurate. We have caught you hiding information,” Jordan said.
“Now Mr. Jordan, I am the deputy attorney general of the United States. Okay?” Rosenstein said. “I am not the person doing the redacting. I am responsible for responding to your concerns as I am. I have a team with me, sir – a fraction of the team that is doing this work, and whenever you’ve brought these [issues] to my attention, I have taken appropriate steps to remedy them. So your statement that I am personally keeping information from you, trying to conceal information.”
Also during the hearing, Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., demanded an end to Robert Mueller‘s Special Counsel investigation, which officially began on May 7, 2017, but took over previous ongoing FBI investigations into people associated with the Donald Trump presidential campaign that began in July 2016, according to former FBI Director James Comey.
“There’s an old saying that justice delayed is justice denied,” Gowdy said, according to The Hill. “I think right now all of us are being denied. Whatever you’ve got, finish it the hell up, because this country is being torn apart.”