Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) does not back a conservative House effort to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Articles of impeachment were introduced late Wednesday by Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-NC). He was joined by nine others, including Representatives Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Matt Gaetz (R-FL).
Meadows claims Rosenstein “has made every effort to obstruct legitimate attempts of Congressional oversight,” but Ryan disagrees. “Do I support impeachment of Rod Rosenstein? No, I do not,” Ryan said at his weekly press conference.
“I don’t think that this rises to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors, a really high standard,” Ryan continued. He says Congress has been getting “a lot of compliance” from DOJ on the document request. “We do not have full compliance, and we have to get full compliance. But we’ve been making tremendous progress to that point.”
Jordan offered a polar opposite view on the situation. “The DOJ is keeping information from Congress. Enough is enough. It’s time to hold Mr. Rosenstein accountable for blocking Congress’s constitutional oversight role,” he said.
Florida’s Matt Gaetz echoed those sentiments with, “Rod Rosenstein and the Department of Justice have repeatedly ignored Congressional requests and subpoenas, showing a complete disregard for Congressional oversight authority.”
Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from Robert Mueller’s special counsel investigation into Russian meddling of the 2016 presidential election won by Donald Trump, leaving Rosenstein to oversee the operation.
Read the full resolution to impeach Rosenstein for high crimes and misdemeanors here.
UPDATE July 26 8:15pm:
Rep. Mark Meadow is tabling his efforts to impeach Rosenstein. “I think the very first order of business would be moving the House to a contempt vote,” Meadows told reporters on Thursday. “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.”