Trump House Allies Move to Impeach Rosenstein

Leroy Wright
July 26, 2018

Conservatives in the House of Representatives filed articles of impeachment Wednesday against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

So critics including Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, have called the impeachment effort a cynical stunt aimed at discredited USA intelligence and law enforcement.

The articles were introduced by Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, and Rep. Jim Jordan of OH, along with 9 cosponsors. The introduction does not trigger an immediate vote, but Meadows and Jordan could make procedural moves on the House floor that could force a vote late this week or when the House returns from its upcoming five-week recess in September.

In a statement, Meadows said Rosenstein's conduct is "reprehensible".

In the same release, Rep. Meadows said, "Time is up and the consequences are here".

'It's time to find a new deputy attorney general who is serious about accountability and transparency, ' he added.

Conservative members led by Reps.

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Eleven House Republicans have introduced articles of impeachment against him.

"The mountain of evidence against Rod Rosenstein is very compelling when you look at the extent to which documents and witnesses have been withheld", said Gaetz, one of the lawmakers who introduced the resolution.

The resolution is not a sign that the House is about to vote to impeach Rosenstein, as House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte and House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy - who have been pushing for documents from the Justice Department - did not sign on.

The Justice Department declined to comment. Officials declined that request because providing it could compromise ongoing investigations.

Rosenstein is accused violating Congressional subpoenas by withholding requested documents pertaining to Mueller's ongoing investigation and for allegedly abusing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, through which warrants against Trump campaign aide Carter Page were issued previous year.

Senior Justice Department officials have rejected the criticism and described historic levels of cooperation with Congress to share files connected to the FBI investigations of Hillary Clinton's emails, as well as Trump's campaign contacts with Russian Federation.

At one point, Federal Bureau of Investigation officials had to write new software code to search their systems for documents sought by the lawmakers, the official said.

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