House GOP members introduce articles of impeachment against Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein

House GOP members introduce articles of impeachment against Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein

House GOP members introduce articles of impeachment against Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein

The other Republicans introducing the articles of impeachment are Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona, Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona, Rep. Jody Hice of Georgia, Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida and Rep. Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee. "Enough is enough", Jordan said in the release.

House conservatives Wednesday night took the first step toward removing Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein from office, marking a dramatic escalation in a dispute over lawmakers' requests for information about the government's most politically charged probes.

Meadows and a band of Trump allies in the House have regularly floated the possibility of holding Rosenstein in contempt or even seeking his removal through impeachment, accusing him of stonewalling Congress' ability to obtain documents that shed light on the origins of Russian Federation probe that Mueller now leads.

The most substantial effort has surrounded roughly 880,000 pages of documents related to the Justice Department inspector general's investigation into how the FBI handled the Clinton probe.

The Justice Department said it had no comment.

Rosenstein has been in hot water with at least some Republicans in Congress for some time. The introduction does not trigger an immediate vote, but Meadows and Jordan could make procedural moves on the House floor that could force a vote late this week or when the House returns from its upcoming five-week recess in September.

It is highly unusual, if not unprecedented, for lawmakers to demand documents that are part of an ongoing criminal investigation. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has all but ruled out any impeachment action for Rosenstein.

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.

In May, after House Republicans threatened to impeach him for withholding investigative documents, he warned that "the Department of Justice is not going to be extorted". 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". Nine other members of the House Freedom Caucus joined them.

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".

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