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House Conservatives Table Move to Impeach Rosenstein

House Conservatives Table Move to Impeach Rosenstein
House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, R-N.C. (Alex Brandon/AP)

By    |   Thursday, 26 July 2018 05:11 PM

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows said Thursday he was tabling efforts to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, saying after meeting with Republican leaders that he would pursue contempt measures if Congress did not soon receive subpoenaed documents on the Russia probe.

"I think the very first order of business would be moving the House to a contempt vote," the North Carolina Republican told reporters at the Capitol, The Hill reports.

"I think it is our desire to have more of a contempt process, which obviously has to have a partner with the speaker, and I think hopefully they will at least acknowledge we've made some reasonable concessions to give DOJ and FBI," he said.

Meadows and Freedom Caucus co-founder Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio filed articles of impeachment Wednesday against Rosenstein, alleging he has been slow-walking the document process.

House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday he opposed impeaching Rosenstein, who hired special counsel Robert Mueller to oversee the probe after President Donald Trump fired FBI Director James Comey last year.

Cautioning impeachment still remained an option, Meadows said he had "very good, good conversations with the leadership team [and] with Chairman [of the Judiciary Committee Rep. Bob] Goodlatte [R-Va.] on a path forward," The Hill reports.

However, this was the "one last chance to comply" for the FBI and the Justice Department, he said.

"I hope we can avoid impeachment and hopefully avoid contempt and get the documents, but certainly both those things are on the table and remain on the table to have more of a contempt process," Meadows said. "Both options remain there."

Pursuing contempt, he said, could "unite" leadership and some House Republicans who "have been more frustrated," rather than pursuing impeachment.

In June 2012, the House found Obama Attorney General Holder in contempt of Congress for failing to turn over more than 1,500 pages of Justice Department documents related to the botched Fast and Furious gun-running operation.

In congressional testimony in May 2011, Holder said he had heard of Fast and Furious for the first time "over the last few weeks."

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Efforts to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein have been tabled by House conservatives Thursday, according to The Hill.
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Thursday, 26 July 2018 05:11 PM
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