Rosenstein May Face Impeachment If He Doesn’t Turn over DOJ Documents

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein would likely face impeachment if by next week the Department of Justice fails to turn over documents pertaining to Russia and the Trump campaign, which GOP chairmen demanded, Republican Representative Mark Meadows said on Wednesday.

The House Rules Committee approved along party lines on Wednesday the nonbinding resolution demanding “full” Justice Department compliance with a number of subpoenas for documents and information related to the Clinton email and Trump-Russia investigation. Among the documents are such that cover allegations of government surveillance of former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page, made by House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte.

“If they’re not here by July 6th, then certainly contempt and impeachment [of Rosenstein] will be in order,” Meadows said.

Rosenstein, who is overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, is under increasing pressure with the resolution. The passage of the nonbinding resolution would mark the first time that the Republican-led House goes on the record demanding the documents.

At the beginning of this week, President Donald Trump complained on Twitter that the documents had not yet been produced, questioning why this was so.

“I have tried to stay uninvolved with the Department of Justice and FBI (although I do not legally have to), because of the now totally discredited and very expensive Witch Hunt currently going on,” he tweeted. “But you do have to ask why the DOJ & FBI aren’t giving over requested documents?”

Democrats have accused Republicans of trying to discredit the Justice Department and the special counsel’s probe into alleged ties between the Trump presidential campaign and Russia.

“What’s really going on here is a bad-faith effort,” Democratic Representative Jerry Nadler said on Tuesday. “Members of the majority want that investigation compromised, members of the majority want that investigation interfered with, and this is part of the effort to do so.”

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