House Republicans introduce articles of impeachment against Rod Rosenstein

11 House Republicans seek impeachment of DOJ’s Rosenstein

11 House Republicans seek impeachment of DOJ’s Rosenstein

Rosenstein oversees special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian election interference and President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign.

They also allege Rosenstien has "repeatedly failed to produce documents" requested by the House Judiciary Committee and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that are investigating FBI and DOJ decision-making during the 2016 presidential election, The Hill reported.

The introduction does not trigger an immediate vote, but Meadows could make procedural moves on the House floor that could force a vote late this week or when the House returns in September from its upcoming recess. The impeachment effort is led by North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, who talks to Trump frequently and often defends him to his colleagues.

"Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein's failure to recuse himself in light of this inherent conflict of interest and failure to recommend the appointment of a second Special Counsel constitute dereliction of duty", the resolution continued. 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".

In Wednesday's press statement announcing the articles of impeachment, Jordan once again criticized Rosenstein.

The other Republicans introducing the articles of impeachment are Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona, Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona, Rep. Jody Hice of Georgia, Rep. Matt Gaetz of Florida and Rep. Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee.

Rep. Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House of Representatives' intelligence committee, said on Twitter the articles of impeachment "were filed in bad faith and show extraordinary lengths to which House Republicans will go to protect Trump".

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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 US election.

The right-wing litany of fury about Rosenstein seems to vacillate between accusing him of being an agent in a deep state conspiracy to frame Trump, or simply helping cover up said conspiracy.

A House GOP aide told ABC News Wednesday night that the articles of impeachment were not filed as a "privileged resolution," meaning they can not force a vote on it on the House floor.

It's uncertain how many of Meadows' fellow Republicans agree.

Meadows accused Rosenstein of "stonewalling" Congressional oversight.

The impeachment resolution came about two hours after GOP lawmakers met with Justice Department officials about the documents.

The last time the House actually voted to impeach an executive branch official other than a president was 1876.

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