Published: Sun, July 29, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

House Republicans move to impeach deputy AG Rosenstein

House Republicans move to impeach deputy AG Rosenstein

The agreement came after discussions on the House floor with Judiciary Committee Chairman Robert Goodlatte, R-Va., and the No. 3 House GOP leader, Rep. Steve Scalise of Louisiana.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), along with 9 cosponsors, introduced Articles of Impeachment against Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein.

Leaving the meeting, Meadows said he still had "great frustration" that the Justice Department had not complied with congressional subpoenas, although he declined at that point to comment on the prospect of impeaching Rosenstein.

Sessions, meanwhile, said in Boston on Thursday that Rosenstein is capable and that he enjoys Sessions' "highest confidence".

Meadows said Thursday morning that he would not try to force an immediate vote on the impeachment resolution, even though he could use procedural maneuvers to do so.

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

"The Department of Justice continues to thwart and/or impede the oversight authority of the Congress", Perry said in a press release.

Republican Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, stated earlier today that he did not support the effort of these 11 House Representatives.

Republicans have publicly grill grilled and hammered Mr. Rosenstein and the FBI director Christopher Wray in an open hearing about investigations into both President Trump and Hillary Clinton last month.

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"It is a panicked and risky attempt to undermine an ongoing criminal investigation in an effort to protect President Trump as the walls are closing in around him and his associates", the top Democrats on the House Judiciary, Oversight and Government Reform, and Intelligence panels said in a joint statement.

The GOP's Freedom Caucus filed articles of impeachment against Trump this week, claiming that Rosenstein wasn't providing enough documents to Congress.

Rosenstein is overseeing the Mueller investigation into any possible Russian collusion.

The Justice Department has already handed over about 880,000 documents to Congress, but Meadows and his conservative allies are seeking more. House leadership has not signed on to the resolution.

"Rod Rosenstein and the Department of Justice have repeatedly ignored Congressional requests and subpoenas, showing a complete disregard for Congressional oversight authority".

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. Gowdy said after the meeting that he was pleased with the department's efforts. In Wednesday's press statement announcing the articles of impeachment, Jordan once again criticized Rosenstein.

"This year's push to impeach Rosenstein is about as likely to succeed as a campaign to make Roseanne Barr the next head of the NAACP".

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".

It is highly unusual, if not unprecedented, for lawmakers to demand documents that are part of an ongoing criminal investigation. That includes four Trump campaign advisers.

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