Impeachment resolution introduced against Rosenstein

Impeachment resolution introduced against Rosenstein

Impeachment resolution introduced against Rosenstein

"I just filed a resolution with [Jim Jordan] and several colleagues to impeach Rod Rosenstein", said Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) Wednesday in a tweet.

In a joint statement, the top Democrats on the House Judiciary, Oversight and Government Reform and intelligence committees called the move a "panicked and unsafe 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".

House Speaker Paul Ryan has not signed on to the measure nor has he publicly commented on the effort.

Lawmakers also sought information regarding the events that spurred the launch of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian collusion probe, including the FBI's FISA surveillance warrant requests and three renewals targeting former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

And Trump's allies are angry because they've been demanding information about the 2016 investigations, including about the use of FBI confidential sources, and they argue that Rosenstein has been stonewalling.

The articles represent an escalation of attacks on the Justice Department.

"[Rosenstein's] conduct in authorizing the FISA surveillance at issue in the joint congressional investigation makes him a fact witness central to the ongoing investigation of potential FISA abuse", read the articles of impeachment.

"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.

"We've caught the Department of Justice hiding information, redacting information that they should not have redacted", Jordan charged, adding that Rosenstein had attempted to intimidate House staffers with subpoenas.

"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.

It is unclear whether there will be enough support in the party to pass it, as Republican leaders have not signed on to the effort. "But if not, as soon as tomorrow we could do a privileged motion that would require a vote in two days", Meadows (pictured above right) said. Jordan and Meadows are the co-chairs of the House Freedom Caucus. Gowdy said after the meeting that he was pleased with the department's efforts.

Democrats charge that Republicans are targeting Rosenstein because they're trying to undercut Mueller's probe.

The last time the House actually voted to impeach an executive branch official other than a president was 1876.

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