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2018-07-26 09:26:04
Impeachment articles filed against Rosenstein; lead sponsor says DOJ is ‘giving us the finger’

Eleven House Republicans filed articles of impeachment on Wednesday against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who is overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

The lead sponsors of the impeachment resolution are Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina and Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, who are co-chairs of the House Freedom Caucus, report the Washington Post, the New York Times, BuzzFeed News, NPR and the Hill. A press release is here and the impeachment articles are here.

The Times describes the move as “a long-shot bid” that was “as much as a political maneuver as an act of congressional oversight.” The resolution doesn’t require a vote before Congress adjourns on Friday.

The resolution cites a failure to fully produce documents, unnecessary document redactions, Rosenstein’s approval of a request to renew surveillance of a former Trump campaign adviser, and concerns about the basis for the special counsel probe.

“We’re tired of the Justice Department giving us the finger and not giving us the information we’re entitled to,” Jordan told Fox News on Wednesday.

According to the New York Times, the Justice Department has “largely produced” documents sought in subpoenas, but Republicans have complained the response was slow and some information was wrongly withheld.

One of the subpoenas sought information on surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page. The DOJ released redacted copies of the search warrant applications last week.

Top Democrats on three House committees released a statement saying the resolution is a “direct attack” on Mueller’s investigation.