House Republicans Move To Impeach Rosenstein After He Announces Indictment Of Russian Officials: Report
House Republicans are preparing to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, Politico reported Friday, citing sources with knowledge of the effort.
The news comes hours after Rosenstein announced charges against 12 Russian intelligence officers in the 2016 hacking of the Democratic National Committee (DNC).
The sources told Politico that Republicans have been preparing to have Rosenstein impeached over allegations that he’s held up their investigation into FBI agents who some lawmakers say are biased against President Donald Trump.
House Freedom Caucus leaders Reps. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) are leading the effort, and the impeachment document could be filed as soon as Monday, according to the publication.
Rosenstein has long been a target for Republicans who are frustrated over special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into election meddling by Russia and possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign.
Rosenstein is overseeing the special counsel’s investigation into Russian interference in the election after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation, and some argue that he’s the only person with the legal authority to fire Mueller.
The deputy attorney general testified before the House Judiciary Committee in a tense hearing last month, with Republicans grilling him over the Mueller probe.
Speculation that Trump could fire Rosenstein increased in April after the FBI raided the home and office of Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen.