House Republicans Move To Impeach Deputy Attorney General

Jeff Sessions defends Rod Rosenstein after some House members move to impeach the deputy AG

House Republicans Move To Impeach Deputy Attorney General

"I don't think this rises to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors".

Justice Department officials have said they have provided the vast majority of information sought in subpoenas from two key House committees - and are almost done with providing all of the outstanding information requested in those subpoenas.

A Justice Department official said the agency had no comment.

Among other things, some House Republicans want to impeach Rod Rosenstein for something that happened six months before he took office.

Democrats have argued the focus on Rosenstein is an attempt to broadly undermine the Mueller investigation.

In holding out the possibility that he was going to do that and force the House to go on record on the controversial question, Meadows brought GOP leaders to negotiating table. All 11 lawmakers who filed the resolution are members of the caucus.

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Meadows abandoned immediate plans to pursue an expedited path for impeachment, meaning the measure he introduced Wednesday could languish in committee.

Meadows downplayed any disagreement with the speaker on the matter, saying he had spoken to the speaker on Thursday morning.

In a joint statement Wednesday night, the top Democrats on three House committees called the resolution a "direct attack" on the Mueller probe and warned Trump not to use it as a pretext to fire Rosenstein or Mueller.

Donald Trump nominated him to serve as Deputy Attorney General for the United States Department of Justice on February 1, 2017.

With the five-week House summer recess, Rosenstein - and Mueller - now get some breathing room after weeks of pressure and criticism.

In the version of events that House Republicans have been flogging, Page is a victim of a deep state/Obama hit job on the Trump campaign. "Time is up and the consequences are here".

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'It's time to find a new deputy attorney general who is serious about accountability and transparency, ' he added.

"Another week, another no-show", Meadows complained at one point.

Since the House is not scheduled to return until September 4, they have at least until then to comply before the House would deploy the impeachment or contempt tools. The House Judiciary Committee has to initiate contempt proceedings; if the panel were to pass such a resolution it would automatically become privileged.

"The DOJ is keeping information from Congress. I have the highest confidence in him", Sessions said during an appearance in Boston. The introduction of the articles of impeachment followed soon after the DOJ released the applications for surveillance warrants filed under the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Act.

Rosenstein has been a target for allies of President Trump since he appointed Justice Department special counsel Robert Mueller to take over the Russian Federation investigation following Trump's firing of then-FBI Director James Comey. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell has all but ruled out any impeachment action for Rosenstein. It'll generate some noise, it'll make some angry conservatives happy, but Rosenstein will remain the deputy attorney general.

Lausch has identified 880,000 pages of documents relevant to that subpoena and is working with lawmakers to provide access, the officials said. Federal Bureau of Investigation agent Peter Strzok was even caught exchanging thousands of text messages with former Federal Bureau of Investigation lawyer Lisa Page that showed a clear hatred for the president. Most of the texts are copies of ones that have already been reviewed or made public.

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