Articles of impeachment filed against Rod Rosenstein

Saul Bowman
July 26, 2018

Multiple Republican members of Congress have filed articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

The introduction does not trigger an immediate vote, but Meadows and Jordan could make procedural moves on the House floor to force a vote late this week.

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 failures cited within the articles include intentionally withholding embarrassing documents and information, knowingly hiding material investigative information from Congress, various abuses of the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] process, and failure to comply with Congressional subpoenas, among others", they said.

Articles of impeachment have been filed against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The impeachment articles are the result of almost 9 months of unsuccessful congressional attempts to force the Department of Justice (DOJ) to comply with oversight requests. The House is also leaving for a monthlong recess after Thursday...

Republicans claim the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice officials say they have given lawmakers access to 880,000 pages they have requested.

Rosenstein was appointed to investigate alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia
Rosenstein was appointed to investigate alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia

It is highly unusual, if not unprecedented, for lawmakers to demand documents that are part of an ongoing criminal investigation.

The resolution to impeach Rosenstein, which Meadows and his conservative allies have been threatening for weeks, is the strongest step that conservative allies of President Donald Trump have taken in their feud with Rosenstein and the Justice Department. Gowdy said after the meeting that he was pleased with the department's efforts. Jordan and Meadows are the co-chairs of the House Freedom Caucus.

"Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein's failure to recuse himself in light of this inherent conflict of interest and failure to recommend the appointment of a second special counsel constitute dereliction of duty".

In a joint statement, the top Democrats on the House Judiciary, Oversight and Government Reform and intelligence committees called the move a "panicked and risky attempt to undermine an ongoing criminal investigation in an effort to protect U.S. President Trump as the walls are closing in around him and his associates".

The last time the House actually voted to impeach an executive branch official other than a president was 1876.

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