As the country waits to see if President Donald Trump will take punitive action against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein in the wake of that disturbing New York Times story from last week, House Republicans are doing their part to get to the bottom of the controversy. As such, the House Judiciary Committee is preparing to send a subpoena to the Justice Department, demanding that the agency turn over memos drafted by former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.

McCabe, as you’ll recall, was fired this year after an internal investigation found that he was less than honest about his leaks to the press. And that is apropos now, because he is once again under scrutiny because of a report that appeared in The New York Times last Friday. The report said that Rosenstein had suggested that he or others should wear a wire when meeting with President Trump and that he was conspiring to get other Cabinet staffers to join him in using the 25th Amendment to throw the president out of office. Rosenstein has denied that any of this is true, but House Republicans believe that the McCabe memos could sort out the situation nicely.

Unfortunately, they’re far from certain that the DOJ will comply with their demands.

“The McCabe memos have been asked for and asked about for months, and I am not optimistic that this subpoena will produce any new results,” Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) told Politico.

The McCabe memos appeared in the Times story, at least by way of a secondhand account. Sources who had seen the memos told the Times that Rosenstein proposed making a secret recording of Trump in the week after he fired FBI Director James Comey. Others have confirmed that while Rosenstein made mention of wearing a wire, he was only “joking” with his colleagues and not seriously proposing such a thing.

In an interview with Laura Ingraham on Tuesday evening, Rep. Jim Jordan said that it didn’t really matter one way or the other.

“I don’t care if it’s sarcasm or not,” Jordan said. “You can’t be making statements like that even if you are joking around. I want to know who was in that room and what took place.”

The House Freedom Caucus, of which both Meadows and Jordan are members, released a statement this week calling on Rosenstein to appear before Congress.

“Tonight the Freedom Caucus took an official position that Rod Rosenstein needs to come testify before the Judiciary committee within the week or he needs to resign,” the conservatives tweeted.

President Trump is scheduled to meet with Rosenstein on Thursday, but reports have it that the deputy attorney general will not be fired or asked to resign until at least after the midterm elections.