Published: Sun, July 29, 2018
Global Media | By Derrick Guzman

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, House leadership defend Rod Rosenstein against impeachment threat

Attorney General Jeff Sessions, House leadership defend Rod Rosenstein against impeachment threat

It is unclear whether there would be enough support in the party to pass his resolution if a vote were held.

The impeachment resolution that Meadows introduced was not "privileged", which is a procedural motion that can force a House floor vote on the matter, a move that liberal Democrats have already taken against the President, though it was easily voted down. The House is also leaving for a monthlong recess after Thursday.

The impeachment articles come as evidence continues to mount regarding the Department of Justice's problematic decision-making during the 2016 campaign and conduct surrounding the transition to President Trump's administration in 2017. The department has provided lawmakers with more than 800,000 documents, but Meadows said after the meeting that there was still "frustration" with how Justice has handled the oversight requests.

Justice Department officials said on Wednesday that a number of members of Congress have been able to review a almost unredacted copy of the surveillance application that has been the most recent flashpoint in the political saga.

At the time of filing the articles of impeachment, only 11 of the House's 236 Republicans said they would sign it. House Speaker Paul Ryan has also said he is satisfied with progress on the document production.

Rosenstein was appointed by Trump, but the Republican president has repeatedly criticised him on Twitter for his oversight of the Russian Federation probe, which he calls a witch hunt.

"It's an uptick in their fabulously irresponsible effort to damage the critical institutions of this country in favor of defending the president", Himes, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said.

"My deputy Rod Rosenstein is highly capable", said Attorney General Jeff Sessions yesterday in Boston.

Rosenstein has been in the crosshairs of conservative Republicans - as well as Trump - for a number of reasons, including his role supervising special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election.

Ross, a member of the House GOP's vote-counting team who's not running for re-election, said he can speak openly about the "heartburn" some of his colleagues feel over the assaults against Rosenstein and the Justice Department. The Department of Justice has declined to comment.

Meadows alleged that lawmakers have "caught" Justice officials hiding information from Congress, withholding relevant documents and ignoring congressional subpoenas.

"This year's push to impeach Rosenstein is about as likely to succeed as a campaign to make Roseanne Barr the next head of the NAACP".

But Republican lawmakers maintain that while the Justice Department is turning over more materials, it has yet to fully comply with the subpoenas.

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

So far, the special counsel has charged 32 people and three companies.

Mueller's indictment this month of 12 Russian intelligence officers on allegations of interfering in the 2016 election has fortified contentions by Democrats and some Republicans that Mueller and Rosenstein should be left alone to finish their work.

Democratic Reps. Jerrold Nadler of New York, Elijah Cummings of Maryland and Adam Schiff of California said Rosenstein "stands as one of the few restraints against the overreaches of the president and his allies in Congress".

The impeachment articles stated that Rosenstein refused to appoint a second special counsel to investigate the surveillance of Carter Page.

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