Fed-Up Republicans File Resolution To Impeach Rod Rosenstein
It’s been a bad few months for America’s top law enforcement agencies. Between FBI agents colluding to stop candidate and President Donald Trump, to the Justice Department’s unwillingness to address a plethora of Obama administration misdeeds, trust is waning.
So much so, that Republicans now want to oust Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein. On Wednesday, Representative Mark Meadows announced the resolution and the reasoning behind it on his Twitter account.
“I just filed a resolution with Jim Jordan and several colleagues to impeach Rod Rosenstein,” Meadows tweeted. “The DOJ has continued to hide information from Congress and repeatedly obstructed oversight-even defying multiple Congressional subpoenas.”
The move, not at all unexpected, comes just days after the FBI released over 400 pages of documents pertaining to the FISA warrant on Carter Page. The documents confirmed that the FISA warrants to spy on the Trump campaign were almost entirely derived from the unverified Steele dossier.
Several months back, the GOP released a FISA memo detailing how the salacious dossier was used to secure wiretaps against Carter Page and other Trump campaign officials. Nobody in the FBI or DOJ bothered to inform the courts that the Clinton campaign funded the report.
Additionally, back in June, Congressman Trey Gowdy blasted Rosenstein for the DOJ’s anti-Trump bias. “We’ve seen the bias, we need to see the evidence,” Gowdy said. “If you have evidence of wrongdoing by any member of the Trump campaign, present it to the damn grand jury.”
That bias and lack of cooperation, while bad enough, is not the only thing that prompted GOP lawmakers to see impeachment.
Interestingly, in the resolution, lawmakers take specific aim at Rosenstein’s role in the FISA debacle. “…And now we have evidence that Mr. Rosenstein signed off on a document using unverified political opposition research as a cornerstone of a FISA application to spy on an American citizen working for the Trump campaign.”
Speaking to The Hill, the lawmaker said they gave Rosenstein plenty of chances and he chose not to comply. “For 9 months we’ve warned them consequences were coming. And for 9 months we’ve heard the same excuses backed up by the same unacceptable conduct.”
We couldn’t agree more, and it may just be time to impeach Jeff Sessions right along with him.