House Republicans intend to subpoena the Department of Justice for memos written by former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, Politico reported.
The documents were cited in a recent New York Times piece that claimed Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein suggested secretly recording the President to oust him from office. McCabe released a statement shortly after the Times story published on Friday, saying he often kept detailed memos of important conversations and was unaware of how the media could’ve obtained the documents. (The Times cited officials who had been briefed on the records, not the memos themselves.)
House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) reportedly alerted Democrats on Tuesday night that he planned to issue the subpoena in two days. His office confirmed his intentions to Politico late Tuesday. House Republicans have been distrustful of Rosenstein for months as the deputy attorney general oversees special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into the Trump campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 election.
The McCabe memos are part of a slew of documents on the Russia probe that House Republicans have been requesting of the Justice Department for months, but haven’t received.
McCabe was fired by Attorney General Jeff Sessions just hours before his retirement after it was alleged that he deluded investigators who were looking into the FBI’s handling of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.