House Republicans seek impeachment of DOJ's Rosenstein

Republicans file impeachment articles against Rosenstein – here’s why they did

House Republicans filed articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Wednesday

Last month, Rosenstein and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, had a particularly heated exchange as the lawmaker and others grilled the deputy attorney general during a hearing about the FBI and Justice Department's handling of the Hillary Clinton email and Trump-Russia investigations.

The impeachment articles accuse Rosenstein of intentionally withholding documents and information from Congress, failure to comply with congressional subpoenas and abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

A group of conservative Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives has introduced articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

The impeachment document makes a series of charges against Rosenstein, the latest sign of escalating efforts among conservatives to oust the DOJ's No. 2 official. If he wanted to end it without, say, causing a constitutional crisis that firing the special counsel might, getting rid of Rosenstein is the way to do it. Trump could simply put someone else in his place who was more inclined to blunt or hamper the investigation.

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Meadows, Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan and the other Republicans who introduced the resolution have criticized Rosenstein and Justice Department officials for not being responsive enough as House committees have requested documents related to the beginning of the Russian Federation investigation and a closed investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton's emails.

"The DOJ is keeping information from Congress", Jordan said, referring to the Department of Justice.

Meadows abandoned immediate plans to pursue an expedited path for impeachment, meaning the measure he introduced Wednesday could languish in committee. Especially when it comes to classified information, which Congress doesn't automatically own the rights to use.

"These articles of impeachment against Rod Rosenstein were filed in bad faith and show extraordinary lengths to which House Republicans will go to protect Trump", Schiff said.

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The House is not expected to vote immediately on the resolution but a confrontation over Rosenstein could expose serious divisions within the GOP over how to handle ongoing investigations into President Trump.

"The president should not mistake this move by his congressional enablers as a pretext to take any action against Mr. Rosenstein or Mr. Mueller and his investigation", the three House Democrats concluded. "The only thing we have control over is the ability to bring impeachment straight to the floor", Meadows said.

While Meadows then moved on the impeachment resolution, others had a more positive view of the meeting.

"Those are good arguments for ethical violations but not impeachable offenses", Napolitano said, calling the effort to impeach Rosenstein "wrong and baseless [and] embarrassing for everybody involved".

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