House GOP lawmakers move to impeach Deputy AG Rosenstein

Rod Rosenstein

A handful of conservative members of Congress officially introduced articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Wednesday in a move that had been threatened for weeks.

The Justice Department has set aside two rooms at its headquarters for other lawmakers and their staffers to review secret documents - one room for documents about the Russian Federation probe, and another room for documents relating to the probe of Hillary Clintons use of a private email server, the official said. "[DOJ officials] may be able to ignore Congress, but they can't ignore the American people".

The impeachment document makes a series of charges against Rosenstein, the latest sign of escalating efforts among conservatives to oust the DOJ's No. 2 official. "That's why we filed the resolution".

Republicans on Capitol Hill said Wednesday that they have filed a resolution to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

"But starting tomorrow, we can bring it up as a privileged motion", he said. It would require a vote in favor from a majority of the House and two-thirds of the Senate.

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Most recently, lawmakers have focused on what they call Rosenstein's failure to hand over documents or disclose other information as the main reason he must be removed. "I can tell you that we're not going to just hold in contempt".

In mid-May, Republicans attacked Rosenstein again, claiming his decision to appoint special counsel Robert Mueller amounted to a massive "fishing expedition" for dirt on President Donald Trump.

Actually impeaching Rosenstein faces a high bar.

"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.

The Department of Justice, under the supervision of Mr. Rosenstien, redacted FBI Agent Peter Strzok's personal relationship with FISC Judge Rudolph Contreras.

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"The DOJ is keeping information from Congress", Jordan said, referring to the Department of Justice.

A Justice Department official said only one committee request has been formally denied, a demand to see the unredacted Justice Deptartment memo detailing exactly which Trump associates are under investigation by special counsel Mueller and for which potential crimes.

"We're hopeful that we'll get some documents that we identified today".

But Republican lawmakers maintain that while the Justice Department is turning over more materials, it has yet to fully comply with the subpoenas. He clashed with House lawmakers in an open hearing last month about the issues.

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