Rosenstein affixed his signature on the last FISA renewal application, apparently without valid or verified evidence, as federal regulations require. It seems he is covering up his own misconduct by hiding the incriminating documents.

In the wake of a New York Times report last month that Rosenstein solicited people to secretly record President Trump in the White House and recruited Cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office, Congress asked Rosenstein to appear in a closed-door session with members of the House Judiciary and Oversight Committees.

The session was tentatively scheduled for Thursday. It did not happen. Rosenstein reportedly did not want the questioning to be transcribed or recorded, nor did he want to provide answers under oath.

Rosenstein’s demand for these conditions is revealing. Without a record, he would be free to give deceptive answers or even lie without putting himself in serious legal jeopardy. If he gave a false or misleading statement, he could always deny it later. In other words, he could compound an original lie with more lies.

People who are falsely accused are often eager to tell the truth “on the record.” If Rosenstein has nothing to hide, why is he hiding? His denial of the accusations through a spokesperson to the media is not reliable. It is not a crime to lie to the media. If it were otherwise, just about every politician in Washington would be behind bars. Americans deserve an answer under oath.