House Republicans Introduce Articles of Impeachment Against Rod Rosenstein

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House Freedom Caucus leaders Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan have formally introduced articles of impeachment against Robert Mueller's supervisor, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

President Donald Trump has fumed about Mueller's probe and repeatedly called it a "witch hunt".

House Republicans have criticized Rosenstein for not being responsive enough as they have requested documents related to the Russian Federation investigation as well as a closed investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton's emails.

Rosenstein signed off on the Federal Bureau of Investigation surveillance renewal application to wiretap Page.

If the proposal cleared the House, it would need a two-thirds vote in the Senate for Rosenstein to lose his job. Sen.

"The mountain of evidence against Rod Rosenstein is very compelling when you look at the extent to which documents and witnesses have been withheld", Gaetz said Wednesday on Fox Business Network.

But since the documents were introduced just before House lawmakers are getting ready to leave for the five-week summer recess, they may simply serve as a warning to the deputy attorney general or as a gauge of public support for the move heading toward midterms.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions addresses reporters during a news conference at the Moakley Federal Building in Boston Thursday
Republicans Introduce Articles Of Impeachment Against Rod Rosenstein House Conservatives Introduce Articles Of Impeachment Against Rod Rosenstein

On Wednesday, Meadows said he could file a privileged motion to force a vote on the resolution to remove Rosenstein from his position.

Put another way, if seems more possible that instead of rooting out some secret government conspiracy to hide documents, these conservatives' frustration over access is rooted more in normal tension between information sharing between the executive and legislative branch.

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

Democrats have criticized the Republican efforts to pressure the Justice Department, saying they are attempts to undermine Mueller's investigation.

"The DOJ is keeping information from Congress", Jordan said, referring to the Department of Justice. Rosenstein, along with FBI Director Christopher Wray, faced dozens of angry Republicans at a House hearing last month. "An attempt by complicit Republicans led by Meadows and Jordan to delegitimize a probe being conducted by DOJ".

'It's time to hold Mr Rosenstein accountable for blocking Congress's constitutional oversight role'. His open threat of triggering a vote on impeachment - which he can do if he follows a certain set of procedural rules - could help him win concessions on other contentious issues before the House.

A Justice Department official said the agency had no comment.

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