Conservative members of the House Freedom Caucus drafted “articles of impeachment” against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as a “last resort” this week, setting the stage for a high-stakes showdown between Congress and the Department of Justice.
According to the Washington Post, the document highlights the stark contrast between the DOJ and GOP members of Congress who have struggled to obtain documents and information regarding Russia, Clinton’s email probe, and the special counsel.
“The draft articles, which one of its authors called a ‘last resort,’ would be unlikely to garner significant support in Congress. But the document could serve as a provocative political weapon for conservatives in their standoff with Mueller and the Justice Department,” writes the Post.
“My frustrations about their inability to respond to simple requests could warrant further action,” said Rep. Mark Meadows, head of the Freedom Caucus and staunch Trump supporter.
The paperwork comes just days after the Senate Judiciary Committee voted in favor of providing official protection for Robert Mueller; advancing legislation that would prohibit the President from firing the special counsel.
DOJ DISASTER: GOP Rep. Says SESSIONS, ROSENSTEIN ‘In Contempt’
Rep. Mark Meadows believes Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein “should be held in contempt” over their efforts to stonewall the House Intelligence Committee’s Russia probe.
The GOP legislator was speaking with reporters Wednesday when he was asked to weigh-in on the President’s rocky relationship with Rosenstein, adding, “It’s members of Congress who have a bigger problem with Rod Rosenstein.”
“He is not giving us the documents, and he is not doing his job… If he is not going to do the job, he needs to go and find one that he will do, and so the frustration with the AG and the deputy AG is probably more of a focus of Congress, and it probably makes the president’s dissatisfaction pale in comparison,” said Meadows.
“They have not complied with the subpoena. They should be held in contempt if they can’t get it right,” he added.
Watch Meadow’s fiery remarks above or click here.
GOWDY GOES OFF: Rep. Gowdy RIPS Rod Rosenstein Over Mueller Witch Hunt
Chairman of the House Oversight Committee Rep. Trey Gowdy unloaded on Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Tuesday night, blasting Rosenstein for his role in Robert Mueller’s never-ending witch hunt into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties with Russian officials during the 2016 election.
Gowdy was speaking with Fox News when he went off on the Deputy Attorney General, saying his probe into the Trump team has “wandered” from its intended goals and was now investigating any and all accusations against the President.
“Do I have fear that jurisdiction may wander a bit? I think it already has,” said Gowdy. “It has already wandered a little bit. But I would not blame Bob Mueller. I would blame whoever drafted the jurisdiction and the charter that empowered him. If you look at it, it says matters that may arise from the investigation. What the heck heck does that mean? Is that a bank robbery in Topeka, Kansas?”
Watch Rep. Gowdy call-out Rod Rosenstein below:
h/t Daily Caller