GOP Lawmakers File Articles Of Impeachment Against Rod Rosenstein

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House Speaker Paul Ryan says he does not support an effort by Republican House conservatives to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

The lead sponsors of the impeachment resolution are Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina and Rep. Jim Jordan of OH, who are co-chairs of the House Freedom Caucus, report the Washington Post, the New York Times, BuzzFeed News, NPR and the Hill.

A handful of conservative members of Congress officially introduced articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Wednesday in a move they had threatened to make for weeks.

Fox News judicial analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano went further and criticized the effort to impeach Rosenstein, calling the actions "wrong and baseless [and] embarrassing for everybody involved".

Dershowitz said therefore, there is no case to be made for impeaching Rosenstein. Rosenstein bristled when Jordan, the Ohio Republican, asked him why he was "keeping information from Congress". They say they are duty-bound to carry out congressional oversight.

"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.

The department has provided lawmakers with more than 800,000 documents, but Meadows said after the meeting that there was still "frustration" with how Justice has handled the oversight requests. The responsibility to lead the investigation fell to Rosenstein.

Rosenstein, the No. 2 Justice Department official, then appointed Mueller to lead the probe after President Donald Trump fired Federal Bureau of Investigation director James Comey. It would require a vote in favor from a majority of the House and two-thirds of the Senate. Today, Thursday, the two introduced articles of impeachment.

Rep. Adam Schiff, the top-ranked Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Republicans filed the resolution to give President Trump pretext to fire Rosenstein.

Democrats in both chambers panned the move as politically motivated and an obvious effort to undermine special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's investigation into ties between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russian Federation.

"By the Trump campaign's own admission, Carter Page was not a big player in their campaign", Rubio said Sunday on CNN. They're angry that the Justice Department hasn't agreed to appoint a second special counsel to investigate the first, in Mueller.