GOP lawmakers introduce articles of impeachment against Rosenstein

GOP lawmakers introduce articles of impeachment against Rosenstein

GOP lawmakers introduce articles of impeachment against Rosenstein

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.

House Oversight Committee Chair Trey Gowdy couldn't understand why Rosenstein would be impeached, stating, "Impeach him for what?" Jim Jordan of OH and Mark Meadows of North Carolina, according to a release by Jordan's office.

The introduction does not trigger an immediate vote, but Meadows could make procedural moves on the House floor that could force a vote late this week or when the House returns in September from its upcoming recess.

With the House leaving for its month-long recess, this distraction will now be shelved for at least 30 days.

The impeachment resolution came about two hours after Meadows, Gowdy, Goodlatte and other GOP lawmakers met with Justice Department officials about the documents. Recently, Meadows joined with Rep. Jim Jordan of OH, asking the Department of Justice's internal watchdog to look into accusations of Roseinstein threatening House staffers.

He also says Rosenstein's back-and-forth with congressional Republicans over document requests doesn't rise to the level of "high crimes and misdemeanors" that would warrant impeachment under the Constitution. House Speaker Paul Ryan has also said he is satisfied with progress on the document production.

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.

"Information has been hidden, efforts have been stonewalled", Meadows said during an appearance on Fox News Wednesday night.

Meanwhile, Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended Rosenstein in a Boston speech, saying he has the "highest confidence" in his top deputy.

Members of the conservative House Freedom Caucus escalated their battle against Rosenstein on Wednesday, filing articles of impeachment against the deputy attorney general who they accuse of stalling the handing over of documents to Congress related to the Russian Federation investigation. Meadows said after that meeting that there was still "frustration" with how the department has handled the oversight requests. "Our message to the Justice Department: either produce the documents or take the consequences".

"There is absolutely no basis to impeach Rod Rosenstein".

"The DOJ is keeping information from Congress". The department has created new search systems, set up classified reading rooms and tasked dozens of employees to produce the hundreds of thousands of documents that Republican lawmakers have requested over the past year.

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.

So far, the special counsel has charged 32 people and three companies. In response to the measure, Democrats Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and Adam Schiff, D-Calif., issued a statement calling it a "direct attack" on Robert Mueller's investigation. The impeachment articles are the result of almost nine months of unsuccessful congressional attempts to force the Department of Justice (DOJ) to comply with oversight requests.

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