GOP Lawmakers File Articles Of Impeachment Against Rod Rosenstein

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

A group of conservative Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives has introduced articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Nor did House Speaker Paul Ryan.

The lawmakers accuse Rosenstein of having a conflict of interest in Mueller's investigation because he could be called as a "witness" in the ongoing probe into potential surveillance abuse against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

Also, as Rosenstein himself pointed out in a congressional hearing last month, it takes a lot of imagination to believe that slow or even resistant document production in the federal government is the result of an anti-Congress conspiracy that is directed all the way from the top.

Congressional committees have sought information concerning the Department of Justice's (DOJ) handling of high-profile investigations into allegations of collusion between President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, along with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server to conduct official US diplomatic business.

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.

"These articles of impeachment against Rod Rosenstein were filed in bad faith and show extraordinary lengths to which House Republicans will go to protect Trump", Schiff said. Rosenstein bristled when Jordan, the Ohio Republican, asked him why he was "keeping information from Congress".

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Given the shaky lines in this impeachment move and the much starker ones between some Republicans' actions and Trump's desire to undermine the Russian Federation investigation, it seems likely that house Republicans just made their boldest move yet to impede or end the Russian Federation investigation. "But starting tomorrow, we can bring it up as a privileged motion", Meadows noted, which "really means that it would require a vote on the House floor within two days".

"The president should not mistake this move by his congressional enablers as a pretext to take any action against Mr. Rosenstein or Mr. Mueller and his investigation", the three House Democrats concluded.

"We're exhausted of the Justice Department giving us the finger and not giving us the information we're entitled to to do our constitutional duty", Jordan said on Fox News Wednesday night.

The Justice Department declined to comment.

While Meadows then moved on the impeachment resolution, others had a more positive view of the meeting.

Democrats charge that Republicans are targeting Rosenstein because they're trying to undercut Mueller's probe.