GOP Lawmakers File Articles Of Impeachment Against Rod Rosenstein

Rod Rosenstein

Republican lawmakers have begun a process to impeach US Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, as the fight against a probe into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election ramps up.

Congressional committees have sought information concerning the Department of Justice's (DOJ) handling of high-profile investigations into allegations of collusion between President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, along with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server to conduct official USA diplomatic business. The introduction does not trigger an immediate vote, but Meadows and Jordan could make procedural moves on the House floor that could force a vote late this week or when the House returns from its upcoming five-week recess in September.

"I just filed a resolution with [Jim Jordan] and several colleagues to impeach Rod Rosenstein", said Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) Wednesday in a tweet.

House Speaker Paul Ryan has also said he is satisfied with progress on the document production.

A House GOP aide told ABC News Wednesday night that the articles of impeachment were not filed as a "privileged resolution," meaning they can not force a vote on it on the House floor. If he wanted to end it without, say, causing a constitutional crisis that firing the special counsel might, getting rid of Rosenstein is the way to do it. Trump could simply put someone else in his place who was more inclined to blunt or hamper the investigation.

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He revealed that the inward quantum investment to South Africa by Brics countries between 2003 and 2017 was a mere $18-billion. BRICS takes up 26 per cent of the world's land mass.

The Washington Post reports the Federal Bureau of Investigation says it had to write a new software code to look up the documents Republicans want.

"It's a 'privileged motion.' So what we put in today was nonprivileged".

The House is not expected to vote immediately on the resolution but a confrontation over Rosenstein could expose serious divisions within the GOP over how to handle ongoing investigations into President Trump.

In mid-May, Republicans attacked Rosenstein again, claiming his decision to appoint special counsel Robert Mueller amounted to a massive "fishing expedition" for dirt on President Donald Trump.

"I am not keeping any information from Congress", Rosenstein said, pointing his finger at Jordan.

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When asked about what came out of the summit, Bossert said, "President Trump had a productive set of conversations". Most of the times when reporters have shouted questions to him in recent days, he has declined to answer.

Leaving the meeting, Meadows said he still had "great frustration" that the Justice Department had not complied with congressional subpoenas, although he declined at that point to comment on the prospect of impeaching Rosenstein.

It's uncertain how many of Meadows' fellow Republicans agree.

The Department of Justice, under the supervision of Mr. Rosenstien, redacted FBI Agent Peter Strzok's personal relationship with FISC Judge Rudolph Contreras.

And Trump's allies are angry because they've been demanding information about the 2016 investigations, including about the use of FBI confidential sources, and they argue that Rosenstein has been stonewalling.

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