Months of House Republican criticism of the Justice Department has culminated in the introduction of articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
The lawmakers accuse Rosenstein of having a conflict of interest in Mueller's investigation because he could be called as a "witness" in the ongoing probe into potential surveillance abuse against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.
Congressmen Jim Jordan of OH and Mark Meadows of North Carolina were joined by nine other members of their caucus on Wednesday following a meeting with Justice Department officials.
Department of Justice officials detailed their efforts to comply with Congress' document requests before the meeting Wednesday, noting giving lawmakers access to 880,000 pages they've requested and continuing to accept requests for new information related to House GOP probes.
They're angry that Rosenstein signed an application to continue surveillance on a onetime Trump campaign aide, Carter Page, whom the Federal Bureau of Investigation believed was a Russian agent.
Meadows reportedly had the impeachment articles with him on the floor of the House at the exact moment Rosenstein was announcing the indictment to reporters on July 13, according to Politico. Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.), Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), and Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) declared in a joint statement Wednesday night.
Republican leaders in the House, including Speaker Paul Ryan, have been clear that they don't wish to impede the Mueller investigation.
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A group of House Republicans introduced articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Wednesday.
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.
It's uncertain how many of Meadows' fellow Republicans agree.
"This will nearly be a red badge of courage for Rosenstein that he endured this defending the integrity, in his view, of the Department of Justice". Part of that effort, Democrats have said, includes what they see as Republicans making unreasonable document demands tied to the ongoing Russian Federation investigation.
At a Congressional hearing last month, Rosenstein responded to charges by Jordan that he was "hiding information from Congress". The DOJ has a legitimate lawful basis for keeping certain documents secret in a pending investigation. "It's time to hold Mr. Rosenstein accountable for blocking Congress's constitutional oversight role".
If the resolution is refiled, it could see a House vote within two days.