A group of Republican lawmakers on Wednesday introduced articles of impeachment to remove Rosenstein, the deputy USA attorney general, escalating a fight over Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether Republican President Donald Trump's campaign worked with Moscow to sway the 2016 vote.
"The July 25 resolution by 11 House Republicans introducing articles of impeachment against deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein is not a serious legal document", Goldsmith explains. Rosenstein has overseen the Russia investigation since previous year, when Sessions recused himself following reports of his own meeting with the Russian ambassador.
Third, Ryan pointed out the "tremendous progress" DOJ has made in turning over the documents.
According to the Times, the Justice Department has "largely produced" documents sought in subpoenas, but Republicans have complained the response was slow and some information was wrongly withheld.
Meadows and Jordan passed up an opportunity to force a quick vote on impeachment by opting against pursuing a "privileged" resolution, a procedural tactic that allows members to demand a vote within two legislative days. Should Trump at some point decide to just get rid of the deputy AG, being able to say he was the target of a real live impeachment effort might be handy.
Earlier, Rosenstein's boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, expressed confidence in the career civil servant and took a swipe at the lawmakers pushing for his ouster.
A group of Republicans in the House of Representatives on Wednesday introduced articles of impeachment to remove Rosenstein, escalating a fight over special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether Republican President Donald Trump's campaign worked with Moscow to sway the 2016 presidential election.
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And while putting the heat on Rosenstein might play well with Trump's base, it could also alienate moderate Republicans, as the party heads into November's midterm elections looking to hang on to its control of the House and Senate.
Rosenstein is the top DOJ official overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation. "It's an absurd idea", Schiff, D-Calif., said.
In a statement, Meadows said Rosenstein's conduct is "reprehensible".
Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy, who says he's opposed to trying to impeach Rosenstein, said that DOJ has "provided a lot of documents", but it's still not full compliance.
Arizona Reps Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar, Pennsylvania Rep Scott Perry, Georgia Rep Jody Hice, Florida Rep Matt Gaetz, and Tennessee Rep Scott DesJarlais have all signed on as co-sponsors.
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