by WorldTribune Staff, July 26, 2018
A group of Republican lawmakers on July 25 introduced articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Reps. Mark Meadows of North Carolina and Jim Jordan of Ohio, the top sponsors of the articles of impeachment, accused Rosenstein of knowingly hiding information from Congress, abusing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) process, and failing “to comply with Congressional subpoenas.”
“The DOJ is keeping information from Congress. Enough is enough. It’s time to hold Mr. Rosenstein accountable for blocking Congress’s constitutional oversight role,” Jordan said.
The House requires a simple majority, or roughly 218 votes, to impeach a member of the executive or judicial branch. If the House were to impeach Rosenstein, the Senate would require a two-thirds majority to remove him from office.
Meadows, who chairs the House Freedom Caucus, said Rosenstein “has been in charge of the Department of Justice as the agency has made every effort to obstruct legitimate attempts of Congressional oversight. The stonewalling over this last year has been just as bad or worse than under the Obama administration. Multiple times we’ve caught DOJ officials hiding information from Congress, withholding relevant documents, or even outright ignoring Congressional subpoenas – and now we have evidence that Mr. Rosenstein signed off on a document using unverified political opposition research as a cornerstone of a FISA application to spy on an American citizen working for the Trump campaign. This level of conduct, paired with the failure to even feign an interest in transparency, is reprehensible.”
Meadows added: “For 9 months we’ve warned them consequences were coming, and for 9 months we’ve heard the same excuses backed up by the same unacceptable conduct. Time is up and the consequences are here. It’s time to find a new Deputy Attorney General who is serious about accountability and transparency.”
The articles of impeachment have 11 co-sponsors.
Rep. Andy Biggs of Arizona said: “Congress gave Mr. Rosenstein plenty of time to comply with our requests. We have been reasonable and up front with him. Unfortunately, at almost every opportunity, Mr. Rosenstein has resisted and defied Congress’s constitutional oversight. His time to obstruct our investigations has expired. Mr. Rosenstein’s Department is subject to constitutional checks and balances. I call on my colleagues to assert our constitutional responsibility and approve these articles of impeachment.”