A group of Republican lawmakers on Wednesday introduced articles of impeachment to remove Rosenstein, the deputy us 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.
"Do I support impeachment of Rod Rosenstein?".
Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan on Wednesday escalated their fight with the Justice Department, introducing a resolution to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. President Donald Trump has repeatedly called Mueller's probe a "witch hunt". Mark Meadows of North Carolina and Jim Jordan of OH, the chairman and a prominent member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus.
The articles of impeachment make several complaints against Rosenstein: that he chose not to appoint a second special counsel to investigate the FBI and Justice Department, that he signed off on a FISA warrant application to wiretap former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, that the Justice Department has failed to produce some documents Congress requested and subpoenaed, and that documents were unnecessarily redacted.
Cohost Steve Doocy explained that the Justice Department will be handing over some of the documents and asked what else lawmakers are supposed to do to force Rosenstein to comply with the information requests.
The 36-year-old freshman from Fort Walton Beach has been a leading critic of the Russian Federation probe - the "Mueller witch hunt" as he calls it - and asserts, among other things, that the government installed a spy in the Trump campaign, a conclusion disputed by Florida's top Republican in Washington, Sen.
"I think that they are maneuvers that certain Republicans are trying to end the Mueller investigation, and they're taking pot shots at it along the way", she said.
No other Pennsylvania member of Congress sponsored the articles of impeachment.
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The Justice Department has provided more than 800,000 documents to lawmakers, The Associated Press reported.
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"We want to make sure that we get compliance".
Despite pulling the articles of impeachment, Republicans may still hold a vote as to whether Rosenstein is in contempt of Congress for withholding documents. Meadows said after that meeting that there was still "frustration" with how the department has handled the oversight requests.
Meadows said Republicans planned to provide the Justice Department with a concrete list of documents to the Justice Department that it still had to turn over. "No, I do not", Ryan, R-Wis., said, warning lawmakers not to be "cavalier" with impeachment while further expressing doubt that the GOP's showdown with the Department of Justice rises to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors.
Even Fox News commentator "Judge" Andrew Napolitano, another ardent Trump supporter, called the effort spearheaded by the uber-conservative Freedom Caucus "wrong and baseless, embarrassing for everybody involved" on the network.
Not all Republicans are on board with the impeachment proceedings.
With their impeachment articles, the most conservative House lawmakers made clear that they'd be on Trump's side of the battle.
At a Congressional hearing last month, Rosenstein responded to charges by Jordan that he was "hiding information from Congress".
It's most likely that the whole gesture is just part of an effort to ratchet up the pressure on Rosenstein and DoJ to play along with their conspiracy theories, or perhaps to undermine Mueller by discrediting Rosenstein.