Showdown on Rosenstein Impeachment Looms (Video)


U.S. Rep Jim Jordan, a candidate to replace House Speaker Paul Ryan, is not backing down on his threat to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for withholding documents subpoenaed by Congress in Robert Mueller’s wide-ranging probe into “Russian collusion” in the 2016 election.

“If they don’t give us the information that we, as a separate and equal branch of government are entitled to have in order to get answers for the American people, then we will actually call to vote for the impeachment of Rod Rosenstein,” Jordan told radio host John Catsimatidis in an interview on AM 970 in New York.

WND reports:

Jordan said Sunday members of Congress “have caught the Department of Justice trying to hide information from us, redacting stuff in documents that they should not have redacted. The House has a constitutional duty to do oversight if the executive branch isn’t going to do that. People should be held in contempt, people should be impeached. That’s why if they don’t give us the information, Mr. Meadows and myself and others are going to force an impeachment vote at some point.”

Some Republicans, including Speaker Ryan, have come out against their decision, as has Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

“I don’t think we should be cavalier with this process or with this term,” Ryan said. He also said he is encouraged by progress on the document production.

Ryan made the comments a day after the group of 11 House Republicans sharply escalated the extended clash with the Justice Department by filing articles of impeachment against Rosenstein, who oversees Mueller’s investigation. President Trump has fumed about Mueller’s probe and has repeatedly called it a “witch hunt.”

Some Republicans, including Speaker Ryan, have come out against their decision, as has Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

The Washington Examiner reported:

A group of high-profile House Republicans have clashed with Justice Department and FBI officials in recent months as they pursue documents covering the Russia probe — including the FBI’s use of informants to make contact with the 2016 Trump campaign and speculation it had abused Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act powers to gather information on Trump associates — and its examination of Hillary Clinton’s private email server.

Tensions culminated with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., demanding the DOJ and the FBI provide the materials or be subject to “obstruction.” The House then passed a resolution demanding the agencies hand over sensitive documents sought by Nunes, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C.

Jordan, who on Thursday officially launched his bid to replace Ryan as House speaker, said that a Republican-controlled House under his leadership would make a more concerted effort to keep campaign promises made by GOP candidates in the lead-up to the 2018 midterm elections.

“President Trump is doing what he said,” Jordan continued. “We need to do more of that in Congress, and that’s why I want to be speaker.”


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