House Republicans move to impeach Rod Rosenstein

House Republicans move to impeach Rod Rosenstein

House Republicans move to impeach Rod Rosenstein

"I don't think we should be cavalier with this process or with this term", Ryan told reporters yesterday.

During an appearance in Boston, Sessions said Rosenstein had his "highest confidence" and referred to to his top deputy as "highly capable".

Separately, Jordan said Thursday that he is running for speaker of the House, vying to take over Ryan's spot as Ryan is not running for re-election to Congress in November. Conservative members led by Reps. House leadership has not signed on to the resolution.

For Rosenstein to be removed from office, a majority of the House must vote for the articles of impeachment and then the Senate must convict him on a two-thirds vote, which appears unlikely.

"I just don't see that happening", GOP Rep. Dennis Ross of Florida said. If the department does not comply during the legislative break, Republicans may move to hold Rosenstein in contempt instead of voting to impeach him. Besides Jordan and Meadows, it has only nine co-sponsors, and Republican leaders, including Trey Gowdy, the chairman of the oversight committee, have expressed a distinct lack of enthusiasm for the effort. The House left Thursday afternoon for a five-week recess.

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. Democrats have accused Republicans of trying to discredit the Justice Department, and, by extension, the special counsel's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 USA election.

Rosenstein was appointed by Trump, but the Republican president has repeatedly criticised him on Twitter for his oversight of the Russian Federation probe, which he calls a witch hunt.

Democrats on the House Judiciary, Oversight and Government Reform and intelligence committees called the impeachment effort a "panicked and unsafe 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".

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Democratic Reps. Jerrold Nadler of New York, Elijah Cummings of Maryland and Adam Schiff of California said Rosenstein "stands as one of the few restraints against the overreaches of the president and his allies in Congress".

With the five-week House summer recess, Rosenstein - and Mueller - now get some breathing room after weeks of pressure and criticism. But such a move isn't likely to occur until after the House returns in September. Meadows said after that meeting that there was still "frustration" with how the department has handled the oversight requests. That includes four Trump campaign advisers.

Added Meadows: "With Attorney General Sessions' recusal, Rod Rosenstein has been in charge of the Department of Justice as the agency has made every effort to obstruct legitimate attempts of Congressional oversight". "Time is up and the consequences are here. It's time to find a new deputy attorney deneral who is serious about accountability and transparency".

The articles were introduced by Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, and Rep. Jim Jordan of OH, along with 9 cosponsors. Koskinen was spared impeachment later that year when the House ultimately rejected the push, sending a resolution back to committee.

"The DOJ is keeping information from Congress", Jordan said.

"When you find some problem with the production or with questions, it doesn't mean that I'm personally trying to hide something from you", he said, calling the personal attacks against him "deeply wrong". Ahead of a meeting with Republican House members earlier Wednesday, a DOJ official insisted that they have largely complied with the subpoenas, and are working on finding accommodations for the information and documents that still need to be turned over.

For his part, Mr. Rosenstein has thumbed his nose at the lawmakers.

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