Republican Congressman Backs Off Impeaching Rosenstein After Leadership Talks

Jack Phillips
By Jack Phillips
July 26, 2018Politics
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Republican Congressman Backs Off Impeaching Rosenstein After Leadership Talks
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein testifies before the House Judiciary Committee about Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russia's alleged election interference in 2016, in Washington on Dec. 13, 2017. (Samira Bouaou/The Epoch Times)

A House representative on Thursday backed off impeaching Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after articles of impeachment were filed on Wednesday night.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) said he is postponing efforts to impeach Rosenstein.

Meadows told reporters on Thursday, “I think the very first order of business would be moving the House to a contempt vote.”

“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 (Department of Justice) and FBI,” he added.

The five impeachment articles introduced Wednesday accused Rosenstein of “high crimes and misdemeanors” by intentionally keeping documents and information from Congress. He’s also accused of failing to comply with congressional subpoenas and abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA).

But on June 26, Meadows said that his move to table impeachment comes after he had a “very good” conversations with the “leadership team [and] with Chairman Goodlatte on a path forward.” Elaborating further, the congressman said he hopes to avoid impeachment.

Rosenstein is the top DOJ official overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller’s Russia investigation. He took over after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the probe.

The move to impeach comes after the DOJ over the weekend publicly released a heavily redacted version of a FISA warrant to spy on Carter Page, a former adviser to the Trump campaign. Republicans said that the new revelation shows that the FBI and DOJ under the Obama administration used FISA authorization to wiretap members of the Trump campaign.

The GOP lawmakers allege that Rosenstein has a conflict of interest in Mueller’s investigation because he could be called as a “witness” amid the ongoing investigation into potential surveillance abuse against Page. Rosenstein approved the FBI surveillance renewal application to surveil Page.

From The Epoch Times

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