House Republicans move to impeach deputy attorney general

House Republicans move to impeach deputy attorney general

House Republicans move to impeach deputy attorney general

A group of 11 House conservatives on Wednesday introduced articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the Justice Department official who oversees special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation. The department has provided lawmakers with more than 800,000 documents, but Meadows said after the meeting that there was still "frustration" with how Justice has handled the oversight requests.

House Speaker Paul Ryan says he does not support an effort by Republican House conservatives to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. "No, I do not", Ryan, R-Wis., said, warning lawmakers not to be "cavalier" with impeachment while further expressing doubt that the GOP's showdown with the Department of Justice rises to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors.

A summer legislative recess and the election-year calendar is likely to protect Rosenstein from facing the impeachment sought by the conservative Republicans.

If the House were to pass impeachment articles, "this would tie the Senate into knots" when members need to be acting on other matters, Ryan said.

A Meadows spokesman said the North Carolina Republican was leaving open the option of making the resolution privileged to force a vote.

Rep. Scott Perry (R-York) was one of 11 House Republicans, and the only one from PA, to introduce articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Wednesday.

"I want the documents and I'm not a big fan of drama, I like the documents", the South Carolina Republican said, explaining that he opposes impeachment because it's punishment and not a remedy to obtaining the documents in question.

"The DOJ is keeping information from Congress", Jordan said, referring to the Department of Justice.

But Republicans apparently fear what the investigation will find out about Trump, so they have used their subpoena powers to find ammunition to use against the probe.

It's easy for congressional leaders in Congress to sidetrack such resolutions, as they did when former Cleveland Democratic congressman Dennis Kucinich repeatedly introduced measures to impeach former President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney over the Iraq War.

Their move late Wednesday came after months of criticism aimed at the department - and the Russian Federation investigation in particular - from President Donald Trump and his Republican allies in Congress. Trump has fumed about Mueller's probe and has repeatedly called it a "witch hunt", a refrain echoed by some of the lawmakers.

"It's an uptick in their fabulously irresponsible effort to damage the critical institutions of this country in favor of defending the president", Himes, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said.

"It's very clear that DOJ has to provide the information because the House of Representatives has the responsibility and accountability to oversee", said Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy.

A spokeswoman for the Justice Department said she had no comment on the articles of impeachment.

House Rules Committee ultimately approved a nonbinding resolution demanding "full" Justice Department compliance with subpoenas issued for documents and information related to the Clinton email and Trump-Russia investigation.

For his part, Mr. Rosenstein has thumbed his nose at the lawmakers. Page has since left the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Strzok has been removed from active duty while he's under review for possible disciplinary action.

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