Jeff Sessions defends Rod Rosenstein after impeachment threat - CNNPolitics

Jeff Sessions defends Rod Rosenstein after impeachment threat - CNNPolitics

A group of 11 House conservatives on Wednesday introduced articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the Justice Department official who oversees special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation.

Connecticut Democratic Rep. Jim Himes called the impeachment effort "insane".

The aim instead is to keep channels open with the Justice Department, and to maintain the momentum that has led to more document production in recent weeks, the lawmaker said. "This resolution to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein is a direct attack on the Special Counsel's investigation - full stop. No, I do not", Ryan, R-Wis., said, warning lawmakers not to be "cavalier" with impeachment while further expressing doubt that the GOP's showdown with the Department of Justice rises to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors. 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".

"The Department of Justice continues to thwart and/or impede the oversight authority of the Congress", Perry said in a press release. 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.

Yesterday, The New York Times reported that among other things, Mueller is scrutinizing Trump's twitter feed - particularly those that seem to threaten Sessions and former FBI Director James Comey - as potential evidence of obstruction of justice.

Democrats have criticized the Republican efforts to pressure the Justice Department, saying they are attempts to undermine Mueller's investigation.

The 11 conservatives who introduced the articles of impeachment on Wednesday represent a small but influential faction of the 236-member GOP majority. Telling colleagues in May: "The Department of Justice is not going to be extorted".


"The DOJ is keeping information from Congress".

It's unclear whether there's support in the House to pass the impeachment resolution.

"This year's push to impeach Rosenstein is about as likely to succeed as a campaign to make Roseanne Barr the next head of the NAACP".

"Rod Rosenstein and the Department of Justice have repeatedly ignored Congressional requests and subpoenas, showing a complete disregard for Congressional oversight authority".

The group, led by Representative Mark Meadows of North Carolina, has criticized Rosenstein and Justice Department officials for not being responsive enough as House committees have requested documents related to the Russian Federation investigation and the closed investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton's emails.

It is highly unusual, if not unprecedented, for lawmakers to demand documents that are part of an ongoing criminal investigation. Ahead of a meeting with Republican House members earlier Wednesday, a DOJ official insisted that they have largely complied with the subpoenas, and are working on finding accommodations for the information and documents that still need to be turned over.

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.

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