Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is scheduled to meet with President Donald Trump on Thursday. U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings wants the committee to conduct an emergency hearing if Rosenstein is forced out of the job.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is scheduled to meet with President Donald Trump on Thursday. U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings wants the committee to conduct an emergency hearing if Rosenstein is forced out of the job. (Joshua Roberts / Bloomberg)

Rep. Elijah E. Cummings called on the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee on Monday to conduct an emergency hearing if Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is forced out of his position by President Donald J. Trump.

The Baltimore lawmaker called Rosenstein a “firewall” because he oversees special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. Trump has repeatedly called the probe a “witch hunt.”

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“If President Trump forces out Mr. Rosenstein — regardless of how it happens — the American people deserve a full and complete accounting of these actions, and the Oversight Committee should hold an immediate emergency hearing with Mr. Rosenstein, obtain all the emails and other correspondence from the White House and Justice Department, and start conducting transcribed interviews and depositions about this decision,” Cummings, the top-ranking Democrat on the committee, said in a written statement.

“Mr. Rosenstein’s removal would plunge our nation into uncharted territory and pose a serious and profound threat to the continued work of the Special Counsel, and I would expect the American people to be outraged if President Trump’s extended campaign to interfere with this investigation results in Mr. Rosenstein’s ouster,” he said.

Rod Rosenstein, the official overseeing the Russia probe, still has his job — at least until meeting with Trump

President Trump will meet later this week with Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein, the White House said amid indications that Rosenstein was about to lose his job.

Rosenstein’s tenure as the No. 2 official at the Justice Department was imperiled after a report on Friday said he had discussed constitutional means to remove Trump and the possibility of secretly recording the president. Rosenstein said the report was inaccurate and “there is no basis to invoke the 25th Amendment,” which outlines a method to remove an unfit chief executive.

Trump and Rosenstein are to meet on Thursday.

Cummings has complained previously that Republicans controlling the oversight committee are not aggressively fulfilling their duty to investigate the Trump administration when warranted.

Before leaving Baltimore, Rod Rosenstein predicted he might not last long as deputy attorney general

In his February 2017 farewell remarks, Rosenstein told a meeting of Baltimore criminal justice leaders that he’d determined the median tenure for the country’s deputy attorney general was just 14 months.

Last month, Cummings urged Rep. Trey Gowdy, the South Carolina Republican who chairs the panel, to summon Trump’s former personal lawyer to testify, saying Michael Cohen’s interactions with the president “warrant robust and credible oversight” by Congress.

“As Chairman Gowdy has said repeatedly, Congress does not investigate crime,” Amanda Gonzalez Thompson, Gowdy’s committee spokesperson, said at the time. “Michael Cohen should turn over any and all evidence to Special Counsel Mueller."

Thompson did not immediately reply to a request on Monday for comment on Cummings’ latest request.

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