Ally congressmen introduce impeachment resolution against Deputy AG Rosenstein

Minnie Murray
July 29, 2018

House Rules Committee ultimately approved a nonbinding resolution demanding "full" Justice Department compliance with subpoenas issued for documents and information related to the Clinton email and Trump-Russia investigation. It is unclear whether there will be enough support in the party to pass it, as Republican leaders have not signed on to the effort.

As Ryan voiced his disapproval, Meadows acknowledged that he didn't now have the votes to pass the impeachment resolution and said he wouldn't use procedural manoeuvrs to trigger an immediate vote - something he had threatened to do. The House is also leaving for a monthlong recess after Thursday.

The impeachment resolution came about two hours after Meadows, Gowdy, Goodlatte and other GOP lawmakers met with Justice Department officials about the documents.

So far, neither GOP leadership or the Justice Department's top brass are following suit.

House Speaker Paul Ryan says he does not support an effort by Republican House conservatives to impeach Deputy Attorney General 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. Gowdy said after the meeting that he was pleased with the department's efforts. "This resolution to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein is a direct attack on the Special Counsel's investigation - full stop".

A group of Republican lawmakers on Wednesday introduced articles of impeachment to remove Deputy US Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, escalating a fight over Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election. Rosenstein has overseen the Russia investigation since previous year, when Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the probe following reports of his meeting with the Russian ambassador.

"Rod Rosenstein and the Department of Justice have repeatedly ignored Congressional requests and subpoenas, showing a complete disregard for Congressional oversight authority". "Trying to remove Rod Rosenstein from the Justice Department for failing to disclose sources, methods and evidence from an open investigation is beyond the pale".

Actually impeaching Rosenstein faces a high bar.

"The DOJ is keeping information from Congress".

But Republican lawmakers maintain that while the Justice Department is turning over more materials, it has yet to fully comply with the subpoenas.

But Republicans apparently fear what the investigation will find out about Trump, so they have used their subpoena powers to find ammunition to use against the probe. In Wednesday's press statement announcing the articles of impeachment, Jordan once again criticized Rosenstein.

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.

Jerrold Nadler of New York, Elijah Cummings of Maryland and Adam Schiff of California added: "It is certainly not, as its sponsors claim, a principled attempt to conduct oversight of the Department of Justice, because House Republicans have refused to conduct oversight of any aspect of the Trump administration, except where the inquiry might distract from their failed agenda, undermine law enforcement, and serve the interests of President Trump". Jody Hice of Georgia, Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, Andy Biggs of Arizona, Louie Gohmert of Texas, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee, Paul Gosar of Arizona, Bill Posey of Florida and Scott Perry of Pennsylvania.

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