House Republicans seek impeachment of DOJ's Rosenstein

Hannah Rogers
July 28, 2018

That, as well as the potential of Mueller's team to interview Trump soon, could increase the president's animosity toward the probe, Sessions and Rosenstein.

The move escalates an ongoing feud some House Republicans have had with the Justice Department, which they have accused of withholding key information from Congress.

DOJ and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials have also consistently defended their actions in surveilling Page.

Another close ally of President Donald Trump is publicly slamming Reps.

Rosenstein's refusal to recuse himself, plus his failure to appoint a second special counsel to probe his own department's handling of the Russian Federation investigation, warrants "impeachment and trial, and removal from office", the Republicans argue.

So far, neither GOP leadership or the Justice Department's top brass are following suit.

It's unclear if there will be an immediate vote.

Rosenstein, they allege, has also "attempted to hide certain facts" by overly redacting documents they requested.

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"We're exhausted of the Justice Department giving us the finger and not giving us the information we're entitled to to do our constitutional duty", Jordan said Wednesday night in a Fox News Channel appearance alongside Meadows. "Time is up and the consequences are here".

Among those who would be under pressure are the GOP leaders looking to move up the ladder following House Speaker Paul Ryan's retirement, including Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., who have been wooing conservatives in anticipation of a succession battle.

House Republicans somehow located their oversight powers for Rod Rosenstein, but for the rest of the executive branch (Trump) it's all sad tweets and reporter runarounds.

"This year's push to impeach Rosenstein is about as likely to succeed as a campaign to make Roseanne Barr the next head of the NAACP". Nevertheless, Meadows implied on Wednesday that he intends to force a vote on the issue. "And quite frankly, it's either we hold him in contempt or we get the documents or we impeach him".

But that's not something Meadows or Jordan could bring up as an individual member as a matter of privilege. If Trump ultimately decides to fire Rosenstein, says MoveOn.org's Ben Wikler, "that absolutely triggers" nationwide protests.

But clearly, Meadows' ultimate goal is a contempt resolution, since it has a better shot at passing the House. In a joint statement, Reps. "Just when you think you have seen it all, Republicans have no shame that they would go to a place where they would undermine our judicial system".

Former President Bill Clinton was impeached by the House on two charges in 1998, but the Senate ultimately did not find him guilty; therefore, he was able to keep his office.

But the two representatives have not yet forced Congress to vote on their measure, setting up an intense political dilemma for their own Republican party. The House was scheduled to leave on Thursday for a recess that extends until September.

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