Published: Thu, July 26, 2018
Worldwide | By Lisa Hogan

Trump House Allies Move to Impeach Rosenstein

Trump House Allies Move to Impeach Rosenstein

U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein delivers remarks during The Annual Conference for Compliance and Risk Professionals at the Mayflower Hotel May 21, 2018 in Washington, DC. They were introduced by Freedom Caucus founder Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) and current Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), along with nine other members.

"This resolution to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein is a direct attack on the Special Counsel's investigation - full stop".

They accuse Rosenstein of failing to provide information to House committees, even though the Justice Department has already provided more than 800,000 documents. The House is also leaving for a monthlong recess after Thursday.

"The president should not mistake this move by his congressional enablers as a pretext to take any action against Mr. Rosenstein or Mr. Mueller and his investigation", the three House Democrats concluded. Mueller is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 election and whether Trump's campaign was in any way involved. "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", the statement read, in part.

"Information has been hidden, efforts have been stonewalled", Meadows said during an appearance on Fox News Wednesday night.

"With Attorney General Sessions' recusal, Rod Rosenstein has been in charge of the Department of Justice as the agency has made every effort to obstruct legitimate attempts of congressional oversight", Meadows said.

It's uncertain how many of Meadows' fellow Republicans agree.

He has been faulted, in part, because of an accusation that the original FISA application on Page was based on "political opposition research (that) was neither vetted before it was used in October 2016 nor fully revealed" to the FISA court, according to the articles of impeachment. "If you are looking for documents, then you want compliance, and you want whatever moves you toward compliance".

"The DOJ is keeping information from Congress", Jordan said, referring to the Department of Justice. Gowdy, who is opposed to trying to impeach Rosenstein, told reporters afterward that he thought the meeting had been productive "because we're making progress towards compliance". Nor did House Speaker Paul Ryan. It would require a vote in favor from a majority of the House and two-thirds of the Senate.

"This will nearly be a red badge of courage for Rosenstein that he endured this defending the integrity, in his view, of the Department of Justice".

"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".

Like this: