Video: Rod Rosenstein Accuses Jim Jordan of 'Personal' Attack in Fiery Exchange Over Clinton Email Probe

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein accused Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio of conducting a "personal" attack against him during an often heated exchange during a House Judiciary Committee hearing Thursday over the FBI and Justice Department's investigation of Hillary Clinton's private email server, and the 2016 election.

Jordan, a Republican, accused Rosenstein of "keeping information from Congress," alluding to allegations made by House Republicans that the Justice Department had intentionally withheld information about the Clinton probe that later came out in the department's inspector general report released earlier this month.

Jordan pointed to text messages sent between former FBI official Lisa Page and investigator Peter Strzok that pertained to Strzok's relationship with a federal judge, which were initially redacted when released to Congress.

"Now, Mr. Jordan, I am the deputy attorney general of the United States. Ok. I'm not the person doing the redacting. I'm responsible for responding to your concerns as I have… My job is to make sure that we respond to your concerns, sir…"

Jordan interjected, having said previously that the House of Representatives would pass a measure that would call for the Justice Department to release further information to Congress. The measure passed during the testimony, giving the Justice Department seven days to respond, potentially setting the stage for another showdown between Congress and law enforcement over transparency.

"But your use of this to attack me personally is wrong," Rosenstein said.

Jordan shot back: "It's not personal. I appreciate your service. It's not personal. I just want the information."

Complete exchange between Rep. @Jim_Jordan and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Rosenstein: "Your use of this to attack me personally is wrong."

Jordan: "It's not personal." pic.twitter.com/kR0ornT5Gs

— CSPAN (@cspan) June 28, 2018

Jordan then accused Rosenstein of telling Strzok not to answer certain questions during his closed-door testimony Wednesday, an accusation Rosenstein denied.

Jordan also cited media reports that said Rosenstein had threatened staff on the House Intelligence Committee to subpoena their "phone calls."

Rosenstein denied the accusations and quipped sternly: "No sir, and there's no way to subpoena phone calls."

Earlier in the hearing, Rosenstein was subject to another tongue-lashing by Represenative Trey Gowdy of South Carolina.

Without asking a question, Gowdy shouted at Rosenstein that the investigation into Russia's meddling in the 2016 election by special counsel Robert Mueller needed to "finish the hell up because this country is being torn apart."

Rosenstein, following the recusal of Attorney General Jeff Sessions last year, now heads the investigation that has triggered much partisan infighting and frequent attacks by President Donald Trump, who has called it a "witch hunt."

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Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray testify during a House Judiciary Committee hearing, June 28, on Capitol Hill. The House Judiciary Committee hearing was about the FBI and Justice Department’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, and the 2016 election. Getty Images/Mark Wilson