Rod Rosenstein


Ryan said the tussle over document requests between House Republicans and Rosenstein, who oversees the federal Trump-Russia investigation, doesn't rise to the level of "high crimes and misdemeanors" that could warrant impeachment under the Constitution. What was not immediately apparent were the names of the 9 cosponsors that Meadows and Jordan claimed had signed onto and supported the motion to impeach. Still, some GOP lawmakers said they would draw the line at impeachment.

"If you don't like the way Rod Rosenstein is responding to your subpoena, charge him with contempt of court".

The resolution was filed by Republican Reps. The House was scheduled to leave on Thursday for a recess that extends until September. There was no immediate comment from Speaker Paul Ryan.

A group of Republicans in the House of Representatives on Wednesday introduced articles of impeachment to remove Rosenstein, escalating a fight over special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether Republican President Donald Trump's campaign worked with Moscow to sway the 2016 presidential election.

Mr Rosenstein has overseen the investigation into whether there was any obstruction of justice by Trump campaign aides or collusion with Moscow, since Mr Sessions recused himself a year ago.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi criticised the effort as an attempt to derail the Russian Federation investigation.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions and others hailed Rosenstein, and he appeared to remain safe in his job.

Rep. Adam Schiff, the top-ranked Democrat on the House Intelligence Committee, said Republicans filed the resolution to give President Trump pretext to fire Rosenstein.

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

Undaunted, conservatives have continued to argue that the Mueller probe and Rosenstein's noncompliance are two separate issues. Time is up and the consequences are here.

On Thursday, Ohio Republican Congressman Jim Jordan - who backed the bid to oust Mr Rosenstein - announced his intention to replace Mr Ryan as House Speaker.

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

Even Fox News commentator "Judge" Andrew Napolitano, another ardent Trump supporter, called the effort spearheaded by the uber-conservative Freedom Caucus "wrong and baseless, embarrassing for everybody involved" on the network.

While the scoping memo is cited in Meadows' impeachment resolution, he acknowledged Thursday that it fell outside the subpoena and might not need to be produced in order for the Justice Department to comply with the subpoena. "The DOJ has a legitimate lawful basis for keeping certain documents secret in a pending investigation".

"When you find some problem with the production or with questions, it doesn't mean that I'm personally trying to hide something from you", he said, calling the personal attacks against him "deeply wrong".

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