Defcon 1 Lowered on Rod Rosenstein
Late Wednesday, House Conservatives filed articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Reps. Mark Meadows, (R-NC), and Jim Jordan, (R-OH), allege in the filing that Mr. Rosenstein has failed to respond to congressional demands for documents, and Mr. Meadows Tweeted: “We have had enough.”
“For 9 months we’ve warned them consequences were coming, and for nine months we’ve heard the same excuses backed up by the same unacceptable conduct,” Mr. Meadows said in a statement. “Time is up and the consequences are here. It’s time to find a new Deputy Attorney General who is serious about accountability and transparency.
“Multiple times we’ve caught DOJ officials hiding information from Congress, withholding relevant documents, or even outright ignoring Congressional subpoenas, 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,” he continued, referring to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.
The articles include a series of allegations against Mr. Rosenstein, including that Mr. Rosenstein has a conflict of interest in Robert Mueller’s probe because he is a “witness” that could be called in the ongoing investigation into potential abuse.
“As such, his conduct in authorizing the FISA surveillance at issue in the joint congressional investigation makes him a fact witness central to the ongoing investigation of potential FISA abuse,” read the articles of impeachment.
“Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein’s failure to recuse himself in light of this inherent conflict of interest and failure to recommend the appointment of a second special counsel constitute dereliction of duty. Wherefore, Rod Rosenstein, by such conduct, warrants impeachment and trial, and removal from office.”
They also allege Mr. Rosenstien has “repeatedly failed to produce documents” requested by the House Judiciary Committee and House Oversight and Government Reform Committee that are investigating FBI and DOJ decision-making during the 2016 Presidential election.
Mr. Rosenstein, they allege, has also “attempted to conceal certain facts” by overly redacting documents they requested.