Ryan doesn't back effort to impeach Rosenstein

Ryan doesn't back effort to impeach Rosenstein

Meanwhile, members of the right-wing House Freedom Caucus backed off Thursday from their efforts to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the top Justice Department official overseeing Robert Mueller's investigation. "The DOJ has continued to hide information from Congress and repeatedly obstructed oversight-even defying multiple Congressional subpoenas". Rosenstein has said the documents contain personal data, information about intelligence sources and other sensitive information.

The effort of some House conservatives to impeach the deputy attorney general sputtered within Congress on Thursday, but the political story will likely rage on.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein will not be impeached by the Republican party, at least not right now.

But the real audience for the long-shot effort led by House Freedom Caucus members Reps.

A Meadows spokesman said the North Carolina Republican was leaving open the option of making the resolution privileged to force a vote.

At a news conference Thursday, Ryan says he doesn't think lawmakers should be "cavalier" with the impeachment process. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), along with nine co-sponsors, introduced the articles shortly after a meeting with DOJ officials concerning document production.

Not all Republicans are on board with the impeachment proceedings.

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.

Democrats have argued the focus on Rosenstein is an attempt to broadly undermine the Mueller investigation.

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That, as well as the potential of Mueller's team to interview Trump soon, could increase the president's animosity toward the probe, Sessions and Rosenstein.

He's the chief legal figure overseeing investigations into allegations of collusion between Russian Federation and Trump's 2016 presidential election campaign.

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.

House Rules Committee ultimately approved a nonbinding resolution demanding "full" Justice Department compliance with subpoenas issued for documents and information related to the Clinton email and Trump-Russia investigation.

The Justice Department declined to comment.

It is highly unusual, if not unprecedented, for lawmakers to demand documents that are part of an ongoing criminal investigation.

Justice Department officials, briefing reporters Wednesday on condition of anonymity, said the department has fully complied with two subpoenas from the House Intelligence Committee and met nearly all demands in a subpoena from the House Judiciary Committee.

Jerrold Nadler of New York, Elijah Cummings of Maryland and Adam Schiff of California added: "It is certainly not, as its sponsors claim, a principled attempt to conduct oversight of the Department of Justice, because House Republicans have refused to conduct oversight of any aspect of the Trump administration, except where the inquiry might distract from their failed agenda, undermine law enforcement, and serve the interests of President Trump". That includes four Trump campaign advisers and 12 Russian intelligence officers.

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.

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