Interrupting Rep. Jim Jordan's line of questioning of DOJ inspector general Michael Horowitz at a Tuesday hearing, Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee alleged a Republican plot to oust Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein "on Friday."
Jackson Lee of Texas repeatedly interrupted Jordan and Oversight Committee Chair Trey Gowdy, asking for permission to make a "parliamentary inquiry."
Gowdy said no, to which she said: "Is it not appropriate to ask the question as to what is the germaneness of the gentleman’s line of questioning, and whether or not we’re dealing with the report of Mr. Horowtiz, or we’re dealing with the Republicans’ attempt to undermine the Mueller inquiry and to fire Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, which they're planning to do on Friday?"
Gowdy and Jordan paused a moment before continuing the hearing.
REP. JIM JORDAN: Looking at the FISA -- potential abuse of the FISA process, will you be looking at the question of whether Mr. Rosenstein threatened staff members on the House Intelligence Committee?
INSPECTOR GENERAL HOROWITZ: I've read about that recently, and I'm certainly, as in all instances, available to take information. I only know, at this point, what I've read in the newspaper.
JORDAN: But would that be -- will that be within the parameters of your investigation -- that question?
HOROWITZ: Frankly, I'd have to understand a little bit more about it and what occurred and how it might connect to this, if at all, or whether it's something separate.
JORDAN: Will you look at the issue of why, when the dossier was taken to the FISA court, they didn't tell the court who paid for the document? Will you look at that question?
HOROWITZ: Certainly, within the FISA review...
REP. SHEILA JACKSON LEE: Parliamentary inquiry, Mr. Chairman. Parliamentary inquiry.
JORDAN: Mr. Horowitz, when you -- when you -- in the course of your investigation...
LEE: Mr. Chairman.
JORDAN: ... will you look at the question of why, when the application was taken to the FISA court, they didn't reveal the fact that the author of the document, the author of the dossier...
LEE: Mr. Chairman, I have a parliamentary inquiry.
REP. TREY GOWDY: The gentleman from Ohio controls the time.
LEE: Well, is not appropriate to raise the question as to what is the germaneness of the gentleman's line of questioning and whether or not we're dealing with the report of Mr. Horowitz -- or are we dealing with the Republicans' attempt to undermine the Mueller investigation and, as well, to fire deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, which they're planning to do on Friday?
GOWDY: The gentlelady has not stated a parliamentary inquiry. The gentleman from Ohio controls the time, and I would ask that the time be put back on the clock that was usurped by the gentlelady from Texas.
JORDAN: I would just respond, Mr. Chairman, hat it's been widely understood that, when the dossier was taken to the FISA court to get a secret warrant to spy on a fellow American citizen, they didn't tell the court two important facts: They didn't tell the court who paid for the document, and they didn't tell the court the guy who wrote it had been fired by the FBI.
And I'm just asking, as Mr. Horowitz undergoes this important investigation, if he'll be examining those two fundamental questions.