Months of House Republican criticism of the Justice Department has culminated in the introduction of articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. "The DOJ has continued to hide information from Congress and repeatedly obstructed oversight-even defying multiple Congressional subpoenas".
Ryan said the tussle over document requests between House Republicans and Rosenstein, who oversees the federal Trump-Russia investigation, doesn't rise to the level of "high crimes and misdemeanours" that could warrant impeachment under the Constitution. House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Trey Gowdy said after the meeting that he was pleased with the department's efforts and wouldn't support Rosenstein's impeachment. Rosenstein has overseen the special counsel's probe since Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself. "I have the highest confidence in him".
The odds that Rosenstein will actually be impeached are slim.
Late Friday we learned that members of the House Freedom Caucus moved a step closer to impeaching Deputy US Attorney General Rosenstein.
One fatality confirmed in almost 29000 acre Carr Fire
Firefighters face a hard task in the days ahead, with dry conditions and temperatures expected to reach 110 F on Friday. Redding, a city of 92,000 near the OR border, is at grave risk from the Carr fire , which has so far killed two people.
Lawmakers voted 226-183, along party lines, to pass the resolution, which Meadows introduced.
"I don't think we should be cavalier with this process or with this term", Ryan told reporters yesterday.
Representatives Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows, who belong to the conservative House Freedom Caucus, joined nine other House members in accusing Rosenstein of hiding investigative information from Congress, failure to comply with congressional subpoenas and other alleged misconduct.
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. Minutes later, House Republicans voted to sanction the Department of Justice over GOP document requests.
Trump's planned White House meeting with Putin pushed back to next year
These "were also official USA policy not long ago" because Mr Trump's predecessor Barack Obama "personally decided so", she said. On July 16 in Helsinki, Putin said he had wanted Trump in the White House because he thought US-Russia ties would benefit.
Democrats argue the move is little more than an attempt to damage the investigation into Trump's dealings. Even when the released documents reveal that the investigation is credible and above board, the president's defenders distort and lie about their contents to push the narrative that Mueller is on a "witch hunt".
The Justice Department has made no official comment about the showdown. In response to the measure, Democrats Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and Adam Schiff, D-Calif., issued a statement calling it a "direct attack" on Robert Mueller's investigation. Democrats have accused Republicans of trying to discredit the Justice Department, and, by extension, the special counsel's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 US election.
Justice Department officials, briefing reporters Wednesday on condition of anonymity, said the department has fully complied with two subpoenas from the House Intelligence Committee and met nearly all demands in a subpoena from the House Judiciary Committee.
After nine months of incomplete compliance with oversight requests related to the Russian Federation and Hillary Clinton email investigations, Rep. Mark Meadows, the chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, introduced an impeachment resolution on Wednesday night with 10 conservative colleagues. Meadows said after that meeting that there was still "frustration" with how the department has handled the oversight requests. That includes four Trump campaign advisers and 12 Russian intelligence officers.
Vladimir Putin invites Donald Trump to Russian Federation
He also said that it was in the interests of Russian Federation and the USA to extend arms control treaties. White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said they had not received a formal invitation .
It is highly unusual, if not unprecedented, for lawmakers to demand documents that are part of an ongoing criminal investigation.