U.S. Republicans seek impeachment of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein
26 July, 2018, 16:59 | Author: Donnie King
Rep. Mark Meadows (R- N.C.) said that he filed the resolution along with Rep. Jim Jordan (R- OH) and others in order to oust Rosenstein for allegedly obstructing justice.
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.
So critics including Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, have called the impeachment effort a cynical stunt aimed at discrediting US intelligence and law enforcement. 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.
Senior Justice Department officials have rejected the criticism and described historic levels of cooperation with Congress to share files connected to the FBI investigations of Hillary Clinton's emails, as well as Trump's campaign contacts with Russian Federation.
Put another way, if seems more possible that instead of rooting out some secret government conspiracy to hide documents, these conservatives' frustration over access is rooted more in normal tension between information sharing between the executive and legislative branch.
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. The DOJ has a legitimate lawful basis for keeping certain documents secret in a pending investigation.
Republicans claim the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Justice officials say they have given lawmakers access to 880,000 pages they have requested.
It is unclear whether there will be enough support in the party to pass the impeachment resolution, as Republican leaders have not signed on to the effort and are unlikely to back it. "An attempt by complicit Republicans led by Meadows and Jordan to delegitimize a probe being conducted by DOJ". "Enough is enough. It's time to hold Mr. Rosenstein accountable for blocking Congress's constitutional oversight role".
In Wednesday's press statement announcing the articles of impeachment, Jordan once again criticized Rosenstein.
If the resolution is refiled, it could see a House vote within two days.
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