House conservatives move to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein

Glen Norman
July 26, 2018

Rosenstein has been in the crosshairs of conservative Republicans - as well as Trump - for a number of reasons, including his role supervising special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 USA election.

They also allege Rosenstien has "repeatedly failed to produce documents" requested by the House Judiciary Committee and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that are investigating FBI and DOJ decision-making during the 2016 presidential election, The Hill reported. One clue is that the articles of impeachment were introduced on the eve of a five-week House recess, and were not advanced as a "privileged motion" involving urgent House priorities that might have triggered a quick vote. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Jim Jordan (R-OH), the congressmen who filed the bill on Wednesday.

House Republicans have been ramping up their attacks on the deputy attorney general in recent weeks, accusing him of withholding documents and being insufficiently transparent in his handling of the probe led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.

Most recently, lawmakers have focused on what they call Rosenstein's failure to hand over documents or disclose other information as the main reason he must be removed. Mueller is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether Trump's campaign was in any way involved.

"For nine months, we've asked for documents, and that's all we want", Meadows said.

It's unclear if there will be an immediate vote.

Donald Trump nominated him to serve as Deputy Attorney General for the United States Department of Justice on February 1, 2017. "And quite frankly, it's either we hold him in contempt or we get the documents or we impeach him, and the only thing we have control over is the ability to bring impeachment straight to the floor".

A broader swath of Republicans have criticized Rosenstein's appointment of the special counsel from almost the moment it occurred.

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

Actually impeaching Rosenstein faces a high bar.

The Department of Justice, under the supervision of Mr. Rosenstien, redacted FBI Agent Peter Strzok's personal relationship with FISC Judge Rudolph Contreras.

"But the bottom line is, we have sent numerous letters to Rod Rosenstein they haven't complied with, two subpoenas they haven't complied with, we've caught the Department of Justice hiding information, redacting information that they should not have redacted", Jordan said.

"The DOJ is keeping information from Congress", Jordan said, referring to the Department of Justice. He clashed with House lawmakers in an open hearing last month about the issues.

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