Even as the Mueller probe moved forward, with an additional 12 indictments related to Russian interference in the 2016 election, Republicans in the House of Representatives moved closer to filing impeachment documents against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Rosenstein, who is currently in charge of overseeing the Mueller probe, after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself in March of 2017, has been facing backlash from the GOP in the House for not readily releasing a trove of documents, some related to the Mueller probe itself.
According to Politico, House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows actually had the Rosenstein impeachment document on the floor of the House the very moment that Rosenstein stood in front of the nation to announce the new indictment of 12 Russian agents yesterday afternoon. According to Politico’s report, many House Republicans have been plotting to try and remove Rosenstein for weeks, and the impeachment document may be filed as soon as Monday, which happens to be the same day that the President meets with Russia’s Vladimir Putin.
If Rosenstein is impeached, the GOP would clearly be able to undermine the Mueller probe, simply by tarnishing the name of the man who is in charge of overseeing it all. If, however, Rosenstein is removed from office after impeachment (very unlikely since that would require 2/3 of the Senate to vote in favor), the entire Mueller probe could be in jeopardy, as the next individual in the line of succession could very well limit its scope or even shut it down completely.
It’s not clear if Republicans in the House would have enough votes to move forward with impeachment, as Paul Ryan would likely need to get on board. In the past, he has shied away from attacking Rosenstein directly.
If Rosenstein is somehow removed from office, 350,000 Americans have already registered to take part in a “Rapid Response” protest in hundreds of cities across the United States.