House Republicans Introduce Articles Of Impeachment Against Rod Rosenstein

Top Republican We Can Go Around Speaker Ryan To Impeach Deputy AG Rosenstein

The five articles charge Rosenstein of "high crimes and misdemeanors" for failing to produce information to the committees, even though the department has already provided lawmakers with more than 800,000 documents, and of signing off on what some Republicans say was improper surveillance of a Trump adviser.

Despite pulling the articles of impeachment, Republicans may still hold a vote as to whether Rosenstein is in contempt of Congress for withholding documents. The impeachment effort came over the objections of Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, as well as Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who said Thursday he backed the Justice Department's number-two official.

"Do I support impeachment of Rod Rosenstein?" "I have the highest confidence in him".

It has been argued by people that I respect that this resolution is merely the opening shot of a joint Congress-White House operation aimed at getting rid of Rosenstein for the goal of getting rid of Robert Mueller.

Late Friday we learned that members of the House Freedom Caucus moved a step closer to impeaching Deputy US Attorney General Rosenstein. It is not filed as a privileged resolution, so the odds of it ever coming to a vote are extremely long, assuming Ryan doesn't disincorporate entirely.

"I don't think we should be cavalier with this process or with this term", Ryan said.

Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of SC also dismissed the possibility, saying it's "more likely" he'd end up "in the NBA playing basketball" than Rosenstein is to be impeached.

Democrats argue the move is little more than an attempt to damage the investigation into Trump's dealings.

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"Do I support impeachment of Rod Rosenstein?"

Democrats have charged that House conservatives are targeting Rosenstein in an effort to undermine the larger Mueller investigation and protect President Donald Trump.

Meadows, Jordan, House intelligence committee Chairman Rep. Devin Nunes and other Republicans want documents from the Justice Department related to the use of confidential sources and other aspects of the early stage of the FBI's counterintelligence investigation into Russia's attack on the 2016 election. The Department of Justice has declined to comment.

Democratic Reps. Jerrold Nadler of New York, Elijah Cummings of Maryland and Adam Schiff of California said Rosenstein "stands as one of the few restraints against the overreaches of the president and his allies in Congress". While we have acted in good faith and given DAG Rosenstein every opportunity to comply with Congressional requests, he has evaded our attempts to conduct oversight time and time again.

Rosenstein told lawmakers in June that he and the Justice Department are doing their best to provide the information sought by Congress.

Mueller's indictment this month of 12 Russian intelligence officers on allegations of interfering in the 2016 election has fortified contentions by Democrats and some Republicans that Mueller and Rosenstein should be left alone to finish their work.

Part of that effort, Democrats have said, includes what they see as Republicans making unreasonable document demands tied to the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.

"Information has been hidden, efforts have been stonewalled", Meadows said during an appearance on Fox News Wednesday night. Page has since left the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Strzok has been removed from active duty while he's under review for possible disciplinary action.

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