Republican lawmakers move to impeach Rod Rosenstein

Republican lawmakers move to impeach Rod Rosenstein

Republican lawmakers move to impeach Rod Rosenstein

Rod Rosenstein, deputy attorney general, speaks during a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington, March 23, 2018.

Congressmen Jim Jordan of OH and Mark Meadows of North Carolina were joined by nine other members of their caucus on Wednesday following a meeting with Justice Department officials.

Though House conservatives are a formidable bloc to stifle legislation, their numbers aren't enough to push through legislation either.

At a Congressional hearing last month, Rosenstein responded to charges by Jordan that he was "hiding information from Congress".

Meadows, Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan and the other Republicans who introduced the resolution have criticized Rosenstein and Justice Department officials for not being responsive enough as House committees have requested documents related to the beginning of the Russian Federation investigation and a closed investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton's emails.

And Trump's allies are angry because they've been demanding information about the 2016 investigations, including about the use of FBI confidential sources, and they argue that Rosenstein has been stonewalling.

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Meadows, Jordan, Florida Republican Rep. Matt Gaetz and others have been turning up the heat on Rosenstein, the Justice Department and the Federal Bureau of Investigation since last autumn.

He has been faulted, in part, because of an accusation that the original FISA application on Page was based on "political opposition research (that) was neither vetted before it was used in October 2016 nor fully revealed" to the FISA court, according to the articles of impeachment.

"This resolution to impeach Rosenstein is a direct attack on the special counsel's investigation-full stop", Reps. "Even if it does get a vote, and even if Mr. Rosenstein is impeached, two-thirds of the Senate would have to support removing him after a trial in the chamber", says the BBC's Anthony Zurcher.

"The DOJ is keeping information from Congress", Jordan said, referring to the Department of Justice. "The only thing we have control over is the ability to bring impeachment straight to the floor", Meadows said.

A Justice Department official said the agency had no comment. They are claiming he stonewalled congressional oversight of the Mueller investigation. Gowdy, who is opposed to trying to impeach Rosenstein, told reporters afterward that he thought the meeting had been productive "because we're making progress towards compliance".

Democrats have criticized Republican efforts to pressure the Justice Department in recent months, saying they are attempts to undermine Mueller's investigation.

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