House Republicans are making a move to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein because he won’t give them information about the Mueller probe. They plan to file the impeachment as early as Monday.
On Friday afternoon, Politico reported that House Republicans are gearing up to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as soon as Monday.
“House conservatives are preparing a new push to oust Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, according to three conservative Capitol Hill sources — putting the finishing touches on an impeachment filing even as Rosenstein announced the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers for interfering in the 2016 election.
House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, in fact, had the impeachment document on the floor of the House at the very moment that Rosenstein spoke to reporters and TV cameras Friday.”
Trump supporters in the House have been plotting to get rid of Rosenstein for months. They are accusing him of not cooperating with their probe of FBI agents who Republicans say have a bias against Donald Trump.
“Conservative sources say they could file the impeachment document as soon as Monday, as Meadows and Freedom Caucus founder Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) look to build Republican support in the House. One source cautioned, however, that the timing was still fluid.”
All that Ben Williamson, Meadow’s spokesman, would say on Friday is that Rosenstein’s impeachment was not filed today. He declined to rule out whether they would file the paperwork next week.
Rosenstein has been clashing with Republicans for months because he has refused to hand over to them evidence from the Mueller investigation.
“The House, with Ryan’s blessing, adopted a measure last month accusing Rosenstein and other DOJ officials of bucking Congress and demanding access to thousands of sensitive FBI documents by July 6. It’s unclear whether Republican leaders are satisfied with DOJ’s efforts since then or if they’re preparing a renewed push for the materials.
The New York Times reported on Thursday that the White House overruled the FBI and ordered broader access for some GOP lawmakers to documents related to an informant connected to the ongoing Russia probe.”
Rosenstein said on Friday,
“We do not try cases on television or in congressional hearings. Most anonymous leaks are not from the government officials who are actually conducting these investigations.”
“We follow the rule of law, which means that we follow procedures, and we reserve judgment. We complete our investigations, and we evaluate all of the relevant evidence before we reach any conclusion. That is how the American people expect their Department of Justice to operate, and that is how our department is going to operate.”
Following Thursday’s grilling of FBI agent Peter Strzok, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) said that Rosenstein was in a lot of trouble. Goodlatte and his Republican colleagues were furious that Rosenstein advised Strzok not to answer questions about the ongoing Mueller probe.
“Rosenstein, who has oversight over the FBI and of the Mueller investigation is where the buck stops,” Goodlatte said. “Congress has been blocked today from conducting its constitutional oversight duty.”