Ryan doesn't back effort to impeach Rosenstein

Ryan doesn't back effort to impeach 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.

In a statement, Meadows said Rosenstein should be impeached because of the Justice Department's stonewalling of congressional subpoenas and hiding information from Congress, and for signing one of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant renewals for Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page.

Rep. Adam Schiff, the top-ranked Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Republicans filed the resolution to give President Trump pretext to fire Rosenstein. "I have the highest confidence in him", Sessions said during a news conference in Boston when asked about the impeachment effort against Rosenstein.

"Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein is a professional and a man of integrity", Scott said. "I don't think this rises to high crimes and misdemeanors; that's a very high standard".

Former deputy attorney general Sally Yates, an Obama appointee, went further in criticizing the push to impeach Rosenstein on Thursday, calling it "absurd", on Twitter and saying that it will "undoubtedly fail". "This is part of a sustained, coordinated effort to undermine the investigation of Robert Mueller and the work of the FBI and the Department of Justice, to attack the credibility of the investigators", Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., a member of the Judiciary Committee, told ABC News last month. Besides Jordan and Meadows, it has only nine co-sponsors, and Republican leaders, including Trey Gowdy, the chairman of the oversight committee, have expressed a distinct lack of enthusiasm for the effort.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-NC) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), along with 9 cosponsors, introduced Articles of Impeachment against Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein.

"I want the documents and I'm not a big fan of drama, I like the documents", the South Carolina Republican said, explaining that he opposes impeachment because it's punishment and not a remedy to obtaining the documents in question.

It is also expected to force key Republican leaders to choose sides after many of them have sought to distance themselves from the controversial President's moves to protect himself.

Rosenstein has outlasted months of threats of impeachment or other punitive action, and some lawmakers are predicting he's in the clear at least for now.

The move comes after months of criticism aimed at the department - and the Russian Federation investigation in particular - from Trump and his Republican allies in Congress. Trump has fumed about Mueller's probe and repeatedly called it a "witch hunt", a refrain echoed by some of the lawmakers.

"The DOJ is keeping information from Congress".

The Republicans who introduced the resolution have criticized Rosenstein for not being responsive enough as they have requested documents related to the Russian Federation investigation and a closed investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton's emails. "Trying to remove Rod Rosenstein from the Justice Department for failing to disclose sources, methods and evidence from an open investigation is beyond the pale". Gowdy said after the meeting that he was pleased with the department's efforts. Page has since left the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and Strzok has been removed from active duty while he's under review for possible disciplinary action.

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