Republican supporters of President Donald Trump in Congress filed doomed articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Wednesday night in a desperate attempt to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into the Trump campaign and Russian Federation.
The failures cited within the articles include intentionally withholding embarrassing documents and information, knowingly hiding material investigative information from Congress, various abuses of the FISA process, and failure to comply with Congressional subpoenas, among others.
"There are no grounds for House Republicans to impeach Rod Rosenstein".
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced grand jury indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers for hacking offenses related to 2016 elections. "I have the highest confidence in him".
Later in the Fox News interview, Meadows hinted he may try to force a vote on the House floor about the articles of impeachment against Rosenstein as soon as Thursday.
But the real audience for the long-shot effort led by House Freedom Caucus members Reps.
Republican lawmakers closely aligned with President Donald had been floating the notion of Mr. Rosenstein's impeachment for several months, citing frustration with what they see as slow-walking their inquiry into perceived political bias against President at the Federal Bureau of Investigation. 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".
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The most remarkable finding in the poll, though, was this one. "In short, nobody is expecting anything good to happen". Mattis said during the briefing at the Hoover Institution at Stanford University in Palo Alto.
The impeachment effort was led by North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus who talks to Trump frequently and often defends him to colleagues.
"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.
"I think they should understand by now, the Department of Justice is not going to be extorted", he said.
"It is 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 top Democrats on the House Judiciary, Oversight and Government Reform, and Intelligence panels said in a joint statement.
Said Ryan: "Do I support impeachment of Rod Rosenstein?"
Democrats have criticized Republican efforts to pressure the Justice Department in recent months, saying they are attempts to undermine Mueller's investigation. 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. 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.
Jerrold Nadler of New York, Elijah Cummings of Maryland and Adam Schiff of California added: "It is certainly not, as its sponsors claim, a principled attempt to conduct oversight of the Department of Justice, because House Republicans have refused to conduct oversight of any aspect of the Trump administration, except where the inquiry might distract from their failed agenda, undermine law enforcement, and serve the interests of President Trump". "Removing Mr. Rosenstein from office is the only option left to Congress".