Two House Republicans are seeking to file impeachment documents against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as early as Monday, according to Capitol Hill sources who spoke with Politico.
Reps. Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows, both members of the House Freedom Caucus, take issue with both the deputy attorney general’s poor handling of the Russia investigation and his lack of transparency.
Rosenstein, who oversees special counsel Robert Mueller’s scandal-plagued probe into alleged Russian collusion and was the official who named the FBI veteran to lead the probe last year, has repeatedly stonewalled requests from congressional Republicans for access to documents pertaining to the investigation.
Rosenstein has also made brazen attempts to protect FBI agent Peter Strzok, a former Mueller team member who’s been outed as a virulently anti-Trump zealot.
The attorney AG was grilled by Jordan during a heated congressional hearing held late last month.
Politico’s sources confirmed that Meadows was seen on the House floor with Rosenstein’s impeachment documents Friday afternoon at the same time that the deputy attorney general was announcing new indictments in Mueller’s case.
“It has not been filed today,” Meadows spokesman said to Politico, though he reportedly didn’t rule out the possibility of the documents being filed as early as new week.
Even Rosenstein’s announcement of indictments against 12 Russian operatives was seen as sketchy by some, given as its timing coincided with President Donald Trump’s historic meeting with Queen Elizabeth.
Listen to some of Rosenstein’s announcement below:
What remains unclear is how much support — if any — Meadows and Jordan will be able to muster from House Speaker Paul Ryan.
The speaker has been unwilling thus far to criticize Rosenstein, though he did reportedly back a House measure last month that condemned the attorney AG for his stonewalling and demanded he release certain FBI documents by early July.
It’s for certain that the House Freedom members won’t enjoy any support from Democrats, who have insisted that their attempts to hold Rosenstein, Muller and Strzok accountable are in reality an attempt to distract from the special counsel’s investigation.
It should be noted that though the investigation was launched to root out collusion between the president’s 2016 election campaign and Russian operatives, it’s found nothing substantive.
This hasn’t stopped Democrats from peddling outrageous and patently false conspiracy theories to their eager base, whose hatred for the president seems to run deeper than the Grand Canyon.
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