1. Wide of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein being sworn in UPSOUND:
"Do you solemnly swear that the testimony that you are about to give is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you, God."
2.SOUNDBITE (English) Rep. Jerry Nadler, (D) Ranking Member of House Judiciary Committee and Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General: ++VARIOUS CAMERA ANGLES DURING EXCHANGE++
(Nadler) "In testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, you said that you would only fire Special Counsel Mueller for good cause, and that you had not seen any yet. Several months have passed since then. Have you seen good cause to fire Special Counsel Mueller?" (Rod Rosenstein) "No." (Nadler) "Thank you. If you were ordered today to fire Mr. Mueller, what would you do?" (Rosenstein) As I have explained previously, I would follow the regulation, if there were good cause, I would act. If there were no good cause, I would not." (Nadler) "And you have seen no good cause so far." (Rosenstein) "Correct." (Nadler) "Thank you."
3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rep. Bob Goodlatte, (R) Chairman, House Judiciary Committee
"The Department of Justice investigations must not be tainted by individuals imposing their own political prejudices. We are now beginning to understand the magnitude of this insider bias on Mr. Mueller's team."
4. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rep. Bob Goodlatte, (R) Chairman, House Judiciary Committee:
"According to the documents produced last night to this committee, Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page referred to the president as "an utter idiot," "a loathsome human," and "awful," while continually praising Hillary Clinton and the Obamas. These text messages prove what we all suspected, high ranking FBI officials involved in the Clinton investigation were personally invested in the outcome of the election, and clearly let their strong political opinions cloud their professional judgment."
5. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rep. Jerry Nadler, (D) Ranking Member, House Judiciary Committee ++CONTAINS CUTAWAYS FROM SOURCE++
"According to the Department, the Office of the Inspector General informed Special Counsel Mueller of the existence of these text messages between Peter Strzok and Lisa Page on July 27, 2017, the text you sent us last night. Mr. Mueller immediately concluded that Mr. Strzok could no longer participate in the investigation, and he was removed from the team the same day. Did Mr. Mueller take appropriate action in this case?" (Rosenstein) "Yes, he did." (Nadler) "Thank you."
6. SOUNDBITE: (English) Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General
"Over the past eight months, I have spoken with thousand of Department employees around the country. I remind them that justice is not only our name, but justice is our mission. Justice requires a fair and impartial process. That's why we have a special responsibility to follow ethical and professional standards."
Republican members of Congress are challenging the deputy attorney general about the political leanings of special counsel Robert Mueller's investigative team.
The questioning of Rod Rosenstein on Wednesday comes one day after Congress received from the Justice Department derogatory text messages about President Donald Trump from two FBI officials.
The text messages ended in late 2016, and the two officials were later assigned to Mueller's team. That group is investigating potential coordination between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Rosenstein defended Mueller's investigation, saying he's seen no good cause to fire Mueller.
Rosenstein also says there's a difference between political affiliation and political bias. He says Justice Department officials are entitled to political views but cannot allow them to influence their actions.