House Conservatives File Impeachment Articles Against Rod Rosenstein

Republicans file impeachment articles against Rosenstein – here’s why they did

A group of conservative House members, spearheaded by Meadows, drafted impeachment papers against Rosenstein in April, calling it "a last-resort option if the Department of Justice fails to respond" to congressional requests for documents pertaining to the Russian Federation investigation and another federal inquiry into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server.

They also allege Rosenstien has "repeatedly failed to produce documents" requested by the House Judiciary Committee and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that are investigating FBI and DOJ decision-making during the 2016 presidential election, The Hill reported. Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan on Wednesday escalated their fight with the Justice Department, introducing a resolution to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Meadows told Fox News host Laura Ingraham that he and his colleagues took "the first step tonight", noting that bringing an impeachment vote to the House floor does not require consent from Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) at all.

But they do not force an immediate vote on impeachment - which would have proven controversial, as many Republican lawmakers have not supported calls for Rosenstein's impeachment.

The Washington Post reports the Federal Bureau of Investigation says it had to write a new software code to look up the documents Republicans want.

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

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"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.

A broader swath of Republicans have criticized Rosenstein's appointment of the special counsel from almost the moment it occurred.

It's uncertain how many of Meadows' fellow Republicans agree. "Not only have subpoenas been ignored, but information has been hidden, efforts have been stonewalled".

Some argue, however, that attempts to impeach Rosenstein are merely an attempt to "sabotage" the Mueller investigation.

"The failures cited within the articles include intentionally withholding embarrassing documents and information, knowingly hiding material investigative information from Congress, various abuses of the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] process, and failure to comply with Congressional subpoenas, among others", they said. Should Trump at some point decide to just get rid of the deputy AG, being able to say he was the target of a real live impeachment effort might be handy. Politico reports that they filed the articles of impeachment hours after meeting with Justice Department officials to discuss demands for documents. The House passed a resolution last month demanding full compliance with the subpoenas.

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