Kirsters Baish| House Republicans have reportedly begun the process of planning the impeachment of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Two Republican Leading Freedom Caucus members, Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio and Representative Mark Meadows of South Carolina, are beginning to lay out articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein. This is happening at the same time that House investigators are accusing the Department of Justice of stonewalling their repeated requests of documents with information regarding the agency’s spying scheme on the Trump campaign.
House conservatives are preparing a new push to oust Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, according to three conservative Capitol Hill sources — putting the finishing touches on an impeachment filing even as Rosenstein announced the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers for interfering in the 2016 election.
House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, in fact, had the impeachment document on the floor of the House at the very moment that Rosenstein spoke to reporters and TV cameras Friday.
We are learning about the Republicans’ plan directly after the Deputy Attorney General stated this Friday that there were now charges against 12 Russian intelligence officers in relation to hacking crimes in the 2016 presidential election. He also claimed that the FBI had not leaked details of the investigation to the press. The Russians are being charged with hacking into the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, and the DNC’s computer networks. They are also being accused of having leaked the emails to the public prior to election day.
Breitbart News writes of the indictment:
The indictment represents special counsel Robert Mueller’s first charges against Russian government officials for interfering in American politics, an effort U.S. intelligence agencies claim was aimed at helping the Trump campaign and harming his Democratic opponent, Hillary Clinton. The case follows a separate indictment that accused Russians of using social media to sow discord among American voters.
The indictment is 29 pages long and explains that the Russians worked secretly to break into important Democratic email accounts in the months leading up to the election. These email accounts belonged to Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, and the DNC. Many of the hacked emails were extremely damaging to Clinton’s political career. Some even showed up on WikiLeaks toward the end of the campaign trail.
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Recently Rod Rosenstein stood in front of House lawmakers in order to testify about the Department of Justice’s surveillance of the Russia investigation. This marked Rosenstein’s very fist appearance in front of Congress since the FBI’s conduct in handling the Hillary Clinton private server investigation was harshly criticized. FBI Director Christopher Wray was also at the hearing.
Republican Representative Trey Gowdy stated “This country is being hurt by it. We are being divided. Whatever you got. Finish it the hell up because this country is being torn apart,” when referring to Mueller’s witch hunt.
Rosenstein became agitated multiple times throughout his testimony. When he and the rest of the department were accused of stonewalling he became extremely defensive. The DOJ claimed that he was “not trying to hide anything.”
Rosenstein said, “We are not in contempt of this Congress, and we are not going to be in contempt of this Congress.”
Republicans put off the hearing in order to approve of a House floor resolution which allowed the Justice Department one week to come up with thousands of documents.
On Thursday, the resolution passed party lines. It insisted that the DOJ hand over all the documents regarding the FBI’s Clinton email investigation and Trump investigation by July 6th.
Breitbart explains, “Both investigations unfolded during the presidential election, causing the FBI — which prides itself on independence — to become entangled in presidential politics in ways that are continuing to shake out. Meadows, one of the resolution’s sponsors, did not deny Democratic assertions that the document requests were related to efforts to undercut Mueller’s probe.”