U.S. Republicans seek impeachment of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein

House Republicans have criticised Rod Rosenstein for not being responsive enough as they have requested documents

Some members of the House Freedom Caucus introduced articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein today, charging that the Justice Department official has withheld investigative information from GOPs in Congress, failed to comply with congressional subpoenas and abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act.

The 36-year-old freshman from Fort Walton Beach has been a leading critic of the Russian Federation probe - the "Mueller witch hunt" as he calls it - and asserts, among other things, that the government installed a spy in the Trump campaign, a conclusion disputed by Florida's top Republican in Washington, Sen. The impeachment effort is led by North Carolina Rep. Mark Meadows, who talks to Trump frequently and often defends him to his colleagues.

This comes after 11 top House Republicans - including Meadows - filed articles of impeachment against Rosenstein.

Republicans claimed in the resolution that Rosenstein had improperly refused to hand over documents requested by Republican members of Congress investigating claims of bias and corruption at the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. The House is also leaving for a monthlong recess after Thursday. "It is a panicked and unsafe attempt to undermine an ongoing criminal investigation in an effort to protect President Trump as the walls are closing in around him and his associates", the statement read, in part. "Enough is enough. It's time to hold Mr. Rosenstein accountable for blocking Congress's constitutional oversight role", Jordan said in a statement.

Rod Rosenstein, deputy attorney general, speaks during a news conference at the Department of Justice in Washington, March 23, 2018.

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It's uncertain how many of Meadows' fellow Republicans agree. He clashed with House lawmakers in an open hearing last month about the issues.

Meadows abandoned immediate plans to pursue an expedited path for impeachment, meaning the measure he introduced Wednesday could languish in committee.

The resolution is not a sign that the House is about to vote to impeach Rosenstein, as House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte and House Oversight Chairman Trey Gowdy - who have been pushing for documents from the Justice Department - did not sign on.

The last time the House actually voted to impeach an executive branch official other than a president was 1876. Rosenstein has overseen the Russia investigation since previous year, when Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the probe following reports of his meeting with the Russian ambassador. They say that Rosenstein has a conflict of interest by having both been involved in that application and overseeing Mueller's efforts.

He added, "It really means it would require a vote on the House floor within two days and that's something that any member of Congress, Jim or I, can do".

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