House Republicans Introduce Articles of Impeachment Against Rod Rosenstein

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"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", Meadows said in a statement, adding that it's "time to find a new deputy attorney general who is serious about accountability and transparency".

Also in April, Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), who oversees the House Intelligence Committee, threatened to impeach both Rosenstein and FBI Director Christopher Wray.

House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) has not signaled his support. In mid-May, Republicans attacked Rosenstein again, claiming his decision to appoint special counsel Robert Mueller amounted to a massive "fishing expedition" for dirt on President Donald Trump.

Rosenstein is accused violating Congressional subpoenas by withholding requested documents pertaining to Mueller's ongoing investigation and for allegedly abusing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, through which warrants against Trump campaign aide Carter Page were issued previous year.

Rosenstein has fiercely pushed back against his House Republican critics, warning in May that the Justice Department is "not going to be extorted" amid threats that he could be impeached.

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"As such, his conduct in authorizing the FISA surveillance at issue in the joint congressional investigation makes him a fact witness central to the ongoing investigation of potential FISA abuse", the articles of impeachment stated.

But that gets harder to believe when you look at this group's penchant for using the "i-word" against their political opponents, their lack of support for impeaching Rosenstein among the rest of their Republican colleagues and all the reasons we have to believe there is a GOP conspiracy to help Trump undermine the independent Russian Federation investigation, that lately has especially focused on Rosenstein. House Republicans have been entangled in a back and forth with the Justice Department for months over access to classified Federal Bureau of Investigation documents. Rosenstein bristled when Jordan, the Ohio Republican, asked him why he was "keeping information from Congress".

"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 on Fox News Wednesday night.

Democrats have criticized Republican efforts to pressure the Justice Department in recent months, saying they are attempts to undermine Mueller's investigation. "It's time to hold Mr. Rosenstein accountable for blocking Congress's constitutional oversight role".

Absent from the group, so far, is Freedom Caucus founding member Rep. Ron DeSantis. It would require a vote in favor from a majority of the House and two-thirds of the Senate.

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