Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein punched back at Rep. Jim Jordan in a bitter exchange moments before the House voted on a measure aimed to force the Department of Justice to comply with House Republicans.
Jordan, in a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday morning, accused Rosenstein of "withholding information from Congress."
House Intel Committee Chairman Devin Nunes has been on a quest to force the DOJ to provide the original documents related to the Trump/Russia investigation, in order to find out what if any evidence was found.
"It is time for the Department of Justice to give Congress the documents we've requested," Jordan said.
"I think in a few minutes the House of Representatives is going to go on record saying you have not complied with requests from a separate and equal branch of government, that you haven’t complied with subpoenas, and you got seven days to get your act together," Jordan said. "And I don’t know why you won’t give us what we’ve asked for."
“Sir, I certainly hope that your colleagues are not under that impression. It is not accurate sir," Rosenstein said.
"It is accurate," Jordan said. "We have caught you hiding information."
"Now Mr. Jordan, I am the deputy attorney general of the United States. Okay?" Rosenstein said. "I am not the person doing the redacting. I am responsible for responding to your concerns as I am. I have a team with me, sir — a fraction of the team that is doing this work, and whenever you’ve brought these [issues] to my attention, I have taken appropriate steps to remedy them. So your statement that I am personally keeping information from you, trying to conceal information."
"You’re the boss, Mr. Rosenstein," Jordan quipped.
"That’s correct, and my job is to make sure we respond to your requests. And we have, sir. Again, I appreciate your concerns," the deputy A.G. said.
"Again, I think the House of Representatives is going to say otherwise," Jordan cut in.
"Did you threaten to subpoena phones and emails?" Jordan asked later.
Rosenstein fired back: "No sir, and there's no way to subpoena phone calls," drawing laughter from the room.
"I'm just relying on what the press says!" Jordan replied.
"I would suggest you not rely on what the press said, sir," Rosenstein said.