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Republicans introduce articles of impeachment of Rod Rosenstein

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Deputy
attorney general Rod Rosenstein testifies to the House Judiciary
Committee hearing on oversight on Capitol Hill, December 13,
2017.

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  • Republican lawmakers say they have introduced articles
    of impeachment targeting the deputy attorney general Rod
    Rosenstein.
  • Conservative members of the House Oversight Committee
    have been critical of the Justice Department’s ongoing
    Russia investigation into possible collusion between the
    Kremlin and members of Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential
    campaign. 
  • They allege Rosenstein failed to produce documents
    related to the DOJ’s probe, and that those that were released
    were overly redacted as an attempt to “conceal certain
    facts.”
  • Rosenstein has rejected the accusations, and Republican
    attempts to hasten the end of the Russia investigation, which
    is being led by the special counsel Robert Mueller under
    Rosenstein’s oversight.

After months of threats, a group of conservative Republican
lawmakers say they have introduced articles of impeachment of the
deputy attorney general Rod Rosenstein.

The move follows months of wrangling between members of the House
Oversight Committee and the Justice Department over the
investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential
election.

The group, which includes Republican Rep. Mark Meadows of North
Carolina and Jim Jordan of Ohio, have accused Rosenstein and the
DOJ of not being fully cooperative with the House committee’s
demands related to the Russia probe.

Rosenstein oversees the special counsel Robert Mueller, who is
leading the federal probe of Russia’s US-election interference.

“The DOJ has continued to hide information from Congress and
repeatedly obstructed oversight–even defying multiple
Congressional subpoenas,” Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina
claimed on in a Twitter post on
Wednesday.

Meadows and Jordan have been particularly critical of the Russia
investigation which, among other things, is examining possible
collusion between Russian agents and members of President Donald
Trump’s 2016 campaign. 

“For 9 months we’ve warned them consequences were coming, and for
9 months we’ve heard the same excuses backed up by the same
unacceptable conduct,” Meadows said in a statement. “Time is up and the
consequences are here. It’s time to find a new Deputy Attorney
General who is serious about accountability and transparency.”

“The DOJ is keeping information from Congress,” Jordan alleged in
his statement. “Enough is enough. It’s time to hold Mr.
Rosenstein accountable for blocking Congress’s constitutional
oversight role.”

Republicans alleged Rosenstein had failed
to produce documents related to the Justice Department’s decision
to launch its Russia investigation, and that the documents which
were released were overly redacted as an attempt to “conceal
certain facts.”

However, the Justice Department argued that it
substantially complied” with their requests, and that it
was working so that any remaining requests would be
“expeditiously completed.” According to FBI Director Christopher
Wray, his department turned over 880,000 pages of documents to
Congress as of July.

It appears that the resolution will have little chance of success
on the House floor, in part because Trey Gowdy, the chairman of
the House Oversight Committee, has not signed onto to the
impeachment effort, and has defended the DOJ’s efforts to
cooperate with the committee. “Impeachment is a punishment, it’s
not a remedy,” Gowdy said
according to The Washington Post
.

House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin is also among the leadership
who have not signed on to the Rosenstein impeachment effort.

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