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House Republicans seek impeachment of DOJ's Rosenstein

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Glenn Montgomery | 26 July, 2018, 15:29

Nor did House Speaker Paul Ryan. "Its time to find a new Deputy Attorney General who is serious about accountability and transparency".

Justice Department officials maintain that lawmakers have been provided with almost all the documents requested by the House Judiciary subpoena from March and that they have been trying to accommodate incoming requests from House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes. It would require a vote in favor from a majority of the House and two-thirds of the Senate. "Enough is enough", Jordan said in a statement.

Republicans have also taken the FBI agent Peter Strzok affair texts out of context, and released a discredited memo alleging FBI bias in its start of the Russian Federation investigation that Trump considered using to fire Rosenstein.

The impeachment resolution was formally introduced after a meeting Wednesday between senior Justice Department officials and Goodlatte, Gowdy, Meadows and Jordan, which Rosenstein did not attend.

Rosenstein has been in hot water with at least some Republicans in Congress for some time.

Rosenstein oversees the probe, which is run by special counsel Robert Mueller.

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. Perhaps to cheer him up, Trump's closest congressional allies are stepping up their efforts to turn the tables and mess with his tormenters in the Justice Department, the intelligence agencies, and the special counsel's office. The Justice Department essentially says it's trying to comply, but that these Republicans want a lot, and it takes times. The House passed a resolution last month demanding full compliance with the subpoenas.

The Department of Justice, under the supervision of Mr. Rosenstein, unnecessarily redacted the price of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe's $70,000 conference table because it was potentially embarrassing information. Richard Burr, chairman of the Senate intelligence committee, told CNN he believed the Federal Bureau of Investigation had "sound reasons" to ask to conduct surveillance on Page.

But they do not force an immediate vote on impeachment - which would have proven controversial, as many Republican lawmakers have not supported calls for Rosenstein's impeachment. But Trump has not replied to the letter, Jordan said.

"We will be in a constitutional crisis if the president fires Rosenstein, the same as if he fires Bob Mueller", Norm Eisen, chair of Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW), concluded in a recent statement.

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