Tuesday, 14 August 2018
Latest news
Main » House Freedom Caucus Leaders Call For Rosenstein Impeachment

House Freedom Caucus Leaders Call For Rosenstein Impeachment

28 July 2018

According to the Associated Press, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan hasn't endorsed this. 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.

Targeting Mr. Rosenstein, who is overseeing the special counsel Robert Mueller in the Russian Federation investigation, will likely effect the investigation.

Meadows, Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, and nine co-sponsors introduced articles of impeachment, accusing Rosenstein of withholding documents and making misleading statements to Congress to obstruct Congressional oversight into Mueller's investigation. The House left Thursday afternoon for a five-week recess.

"I think the very first order of business would probably be moving the House to a contempt vote", House Freedom Caucus Mark Meadows said of what would happen if the DOJ has still not turned over remaining documents by September.

"It's an uptick in their fabulously irresponsible effort to damage the critical institutions of this country in favor of defending the president", Himes, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said. Besides, getting rid of Rosenstein is not his job, he says.

More news: Wisconsin Soybean Farmer Reacts To Trump's Agreement With EU

Ryan's tone was far different.

In the same release, Rep. Meadows said, "Time is up and the consequences are here".

"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".

The House Judiciary Committee and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee launched a joint investigation a year ago into decisions made by the DOJ and FBI. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has all but ruled out any impeachment action for Rosenstein. "No, I do not", said Ryan, whose stance could make it easier for other Republican members to oppose the measure. The fight between Congress and the Department of Justice over document disclosures has been simmering for months; with subpoenas reportedly being ignored concerning the Hillary Clinton email probe, alleged FISA abuses, and the firing of former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.

House Republicans have long complained about the surveillance of onetime Trump campaign aide Carter Page.

More news: European Union agrees to buy more United States soy, import more liquified gas

The impeachment resolution also criticizes Rosenstein for refusing to produce a memo that outlines the scope of the investigation and questions whether the investigation was started on legitimate grounds.

But the lawmakers who backed the impeachment efforts - filing the articles in a form that could not force a vote in the House - never meant to pressure Republicans to take a tough public vote on whether or not Rosenstein should be impeached.

"Technically I could still file it today, I am not doing that", he said.

Even under subpoena, the Deputy Attorney General has refused to produce necessary documents, because they implicate top Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials, including himself.

More news: Amazon earnings top forecasts on cloud computing, ad growth

House Freedom Caucus Leaders Call For Rosenstein Impeachment