Republican lawmakers move to impeach Rod Rosenstein

Rod Rosenstein

The impeachment resolution that Meadows introduced was not "privileged", which is a procedural motion that can force a House floor vote on the matter, a move that liberal Democrats have already taken against the President, though it was easily voted down. The House is scheduled to leave Thursday for the five-week recess. Part of that effort, Democrats have said, includes what they see as Republicans making unreasonable document demands tied to the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.

Jordan said "Enough is enough" and that "It's time to hold Mr. Rosenstein accountable for blocking Congress's constitutional oversight role". "Its time to find a new Deputy Attorney General who is serious about accountability and transparency".

While Meadows then moved on the impeachment resolution, others had a more positive view of the meeting.

Democrats have argued that House Republicans' clashes with Rosenstein are little more than a pretext to weaken Mueller's efforts.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) was not among the co-sponsors.

"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.

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The 11 lawmakers accuse the Department of Justice of "intentionally withholding embarrassing documents and information", and allege the agency hid investigative information from Congress, abused the Federal Intelligence Surveillance Act and failed to comply with subpoenas, according to a statement.

Leaving the meeting, Meadows said he still had "great frustration" that the Justice Department had not complied with congressional subpoenas, although he declined at that point to comment on the prospect of impeaching Rosenstein.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has not signaled his support. Nine other members of the House Freedom Caucus joined them. Rosenstein has overseen the Russia investigation since previous year, when Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the probe following reports of his meeting with the Russian ambassador. They're angry that the Justice Department hasn't agreed to appoint a second special counsel to investigate the first, in Mueller. "It is a panicked and risky attempt to undermine an ongoing criminal investigation in an effort to protect President Trump as the walls are closing in around him and his associates", the statement read, in part.

So far, the special counsel has charged 32 people and three companies.

In the version of events that House Republicans have been flogging, Page is a victim of a deep state/Obama hit job on the Trump campaign.

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