Published: Thu, July 26, 2018
Global Media | By Jackie Banks

Republicans move to impeach deputy attorney general

Republicans move to impeach deputy attorney general

House Freedom Caucus chair Mark Meadows warns he could go around House Speaker Paul Ryan if he does not allow a floor vote to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. However, the aide said, "that could change". One Republican, House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), said he thinks the department is coming around on document requests.

On Wednesday, Meadows said he could file a privileged motion to force a vote on the resolution to remove Rosenstein from his position.

In response to the measure, Democrats Jerrold Nadler, D-N.Y., Elijah Cummings, D-Md., and Adam Schiff, D-Calif., issued a statement calling it a "direct attack" on Robert Mueller's investigation.

It's unclear whether there's support in the House to pass the impeachment resolution.

"It is a panicked and risky 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".

DOJ officials told The Hill that they are well underway in delivering documents the House has requested, despite the unprecedented scale of those requests.

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Meadows, along with Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio, above left) and nine other House members, introduced the articles of impeachment against Rosenstein on Wednesday evening. Rosenstein, along with FBI Director Christopher Wray, faced dozens of angry Republicans at a House hearing last month. "I certainly hope your colleagues aren't under that impression, that is not accurate sir".

Fox & Friends host Steve Doocy noted that the Department of Justice is now handing over some documents - which Napolitano argued is in response to "baseless" threats.

They accuse Rosenstein of failing to provide information to House committees, even though the Justice Department has already provided more than 800,000 documents. Enough is enough, ' Jordan said in a statement on Wednesday. Especially when it comes to classified information, which Congress doesn't automatically own the rights to use.

Trump and a handful of vocal conservatives in Congress have long mistrusted Rosenstein over his role in the Russian Federation investigation, which he took over after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself past year.

Democrats have criticized the Republican efforts to pressure the Justice Department, saying they are attempts to undermine Mueller's investigation.

So critics including Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, have called the impeachment effort a cynical stunt aimed at discrediting USA intelligence and law enforcement.

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