Attorney General Sessions, House Speaker Ryan Oppose Impeachment of Rod Rosenstein

GOP Lawmakers File Articles Of Impeachment Against Rod Rosenstein

Sessions said Thursday he has the "highest confidence" in Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein and described him as "highly capable". "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.

Not all Republicans are on board with the impeachment proceedings.

DOJ officials told The Hill that they are well underway in delivering documents the House has requested, despite the unprecedented scale of those requests.

"I think they should understand by now, the Department of Justice is not going to be extorted", he said.

"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.

The fight between Congress and the Department of Justice over document disclosures has been simmering for months; with subpoenas reportedly being ignored concerning the Hillary Clinton email probe, alleged FISA abuses, and the firing of former Deputy FBI Director Andrew McCabe.

It's most likely that the whole gesture is just part of an effort to ratchet up the pressure on Rosenstein and DoJ to play along with their conspiracy theories, or perhaps to undermine Mueller by discrediting Rosenstein.

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There are a number of high-ranking House Republicans who do not agree that trying to impeach Rosenstein is the best course of action.

The House Judiciary Committee and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee launched a joint investigation past year into decisions made by the DOJ and FBI. He stepped in in a supervisorial role after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself.

The department's number two leader is responsible for Mueller and his work because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from any Justice Department investigations into possible Russian Federation ties to the 2016 election.

House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said he believed that the Justice Department officials were making progress toward complying with the subpoena and that impeaching Rosenstein would be a bad idea.

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 USA intelligence and law enforcement. "If you're looking for documents, then you want compliance, and you want whatever moves you toward compliance". "The second reason why I think that is not the right way to go is because knowing the Senate procedures and the rules over there, this is about as privileged as anything gets over there". 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. Elijah Cummings, Md., Jerrold Nadler, N.Y. and Adam Schiff, Calif.

Speaker Ryan says Jordan has not discussed these plans with him, and he supports Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to take his place.

Meadows and Jordan are leaders of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, a bloc whose members have been among the most persistent critics of Rosenstein.

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