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Fox News Claims Rosenstein 'Threatened' GOP-Led Committee Members — Justice Department Fights Back Against 'False' Characterization

The war between the right-wing and Justice Department just got uglier.

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Fox News obtained emails that claim Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein "threatened to 'subpoena' emails, phone records and other documents from lawmakers and staff on a Republican-led House committee during a tense meeting earlier this year."

This report from the right-wing network comes as Republicans reach a new low-point in their relationship with Rosenstein.

Both Fox News and CNN reported Tuesday that Rosenstein plans to "call on the House to investigate its own committee staff" over the matter.

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The Justice Department says the characterization of the meeting in the Fox News report is untrue.

"The FBI Director, the senior career ethics adviser for the Department, and the Assistant Attorney General for Legislative Affairs who were all present at this meeting are all quite clear that the characterization of events laid out here is false," a Justice Department official said in a statement.

The official stated clearly that Rosenstein "never threatened anyone in the room with a criminal investigation" but instead was asserting a right to defend himself after "being threatened with contempt."

The Justice Department characterization is corroborated by a former official who was present at the meeting and spoke to CNN.

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Chris Sosa is the former Senior Editor of AlterNet. His work also appears in Mic, Salon, Care2, Huffington Post and other publications. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisSosa.