Watch this delightfully testy exchange between Rod Rosenstein and Rep. Jim Jordan about FBI misconduct
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein got a little caustic with Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) during Thursday's House Judiciary Committee hearing.
Jordan, who has criticized the Department of Justice on many occasions, was grilling Rosenstein over his handling of a request that the FBI turn over documents related to the investigation of the 2016 presidential election. Jordan lobbed multiple accusations of misconduct at Rosenstein, claiming he wrongfully withheld information from Congress.
By the time the lawmaker turned to a news article that claimed Rosenstein had "chillingly" threatened House Intelligence Committee staffers, Rosenstein had had enough.
"Did you threaten to subpoena their calls and emails?" Jordan asked. "No, sir — and there's no way to subpoena phone calls," Rosenstein coolly shot back.
After an awkward pause and a bit of laughter from those in attendance, Jordan looked to backtrack: "Well, I mean, I'm just saying." The tense exchange moved on to whether Rosenstein should be believed, with the deputy attorney general insisting that he was telling the truth about the DOJ's conduct, and accusing Jordan of his attacks being personal. Watch the moment below, via CNN. Summer Meza