GOP lawmakers accused the Justice Department of “intimidation” on the heels of a Fox News report that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein once threatened to “subpoena” House committee members, with one lawmaker now claiming staffers have been left “physically shaking” over Rosenstein’s tactics.
Fox News’ Catherine Herridge reported Tuesday on emails that described a tense closed-door meeting in January. Written by commitee staffers, they said Rosenstein threatened to subpoena emails, phone records and other documents from lawmakers and aides on the House Intelligence Committee — in response to inquiries regarding the Russia probe.
One staffer said Rosenstein launched a “sustained personal attack against a congressional staffer in retaliation for vigorous oversight” and called the threats “downright chilling.”
The DOJ and FBI have disputed the characterizations of the meetings, with a DOJ official telling Fox News that officials in the room described the characterization of events as false.
Further, the official said that when Rosenstein returns to the United States from a work trip, “he will request that the House General counsel conduct an internal investigation of these Congressional staffers’ conduct.”