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Republicans launch bid to impeach United States deputy attorney general

26 July 2018

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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".

The Department of Justice has declined to comment.

According to Politico reporter Rachael Bade, the men chose to file it as a "privileged resolution," so that they don't have to force a vote on the House floor for the impeachment. However, the aide said, "that could change".

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.

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The House is not expected to vote immediately on the resolution.

They charge that Rosenstein has a conflict of interest in Mueller's probe, stating that he is a "witness" that could be called in the ongoing investigation into potential abuse since he signed off on an FBI surveillance renewal application to wiretap Carter Page, a former adviser to the Trump campaign.

In a joint statement, the top Democrats on the House Judiciary, Oversight and Government Reform and intelligence committees called the move a "panicked and unsafe 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".

'The DOJ is keeping information from Congress.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R- N.C.) said that he filed the resolution along with Rep. Jim Jordan (R- OH) and others in order to oust Rosenstein for allegedly obstructing justice. "I certainly hope your colleagues aren't under that impression, that is not accurate sir".

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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.

Department of Justice officials detailed their efforts to comply with Congress' document requests before the meeting Wednesday, noting giving lawmakers access to 880,000 pages they've requested and continuing to accept requests for new information related to House GOP probes.

In the statement Meadows said lawmakers' complaints had been ignored for too long and it was time to remove Rosenstein from the position of deputy attorney general.

'It's time to hold Mr Rosenstein accountable for blocking Congress's constitutional oversight role'.

Democrats have accused Republicans of trying to discredit the Justice Department, and, by extension, the special counsel's probe into Russian interference in the 2016 USA election.

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It is highly unusual, if not unprecedented, for lawmakers to demand documents that are part of an ongoing criminal investigation. They're angry that the Justice Department hasn't agreed to appoint a second special counsel to investigate the first, in Mueller.

Republicans launch bid to impeach United States deputy attorney general