Rosenstein Dodges King’s Questions re: DOJ’s Failure to Produce FISA Documents
King votes for House Resolution demanding DOJ Comply with Congressional subpoenas by July 6th
Washington, D.C.- Congressman Steve King releases the following video of his exchange with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein during today’s Judiciary Committee Oversight Hearing examining “FBI and DOJ Actions Surrounding the 2016 Election.” The oversight hearing occurred on the same day that the House of Representatives passed a resolution, HR 970, insisting that the Department of Justice fully comply within 7 days with Congressional requests regarding the production of documents that relate to potential violations of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance. King voted in favor of the resolution, which passed the House on a Vote of 226-183.
In his round of questioning, King grilled Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein about whether the Department of Justice would fully provide information even if the President of the United States ordered it all to be declassified. Rosenstein’s answers were unsatisfactory for anyone interested in full disclosure. In fact, King was forced to rebuke Rosenstein for failing to provide a direct answer. As King points out, if the American public and the Congress are to have confidence in the DOJ/FBI’s 2016 actions, "as much information as possible" has to have "sunlight on it."
To watch Congressman King’s questioning of Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein click the image or here.
“The public is never going to have confidence until as much information as possible can have sunlight on it. And Congress is not going to have confidence until we actually get information that we don’t have to pull, and have to fill in the blanks, and then fill in the blanks with redactions.”
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“What if the President of the United States just simply issued an order that all information relevant here that Congress is asking for is now declassified and directed you to release it to Congress…would you abide by such an order?”
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“I’m not really hearing the answer to my questions, Mr. Rosenstein.”