A group of conservative Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives has introduced articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Congressmen Jim Jordan of Ohio and Mark Meadows of North Carolina were joined by nine other members of their caucus on Wednesday following a meeting with Justice Department officials. Jordan and Meadows are the co-chairs of the House Freedom Caucus.
Meadows iterated his months-long crusade against Rosenstein, who oversees Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into the Russian attack on the 2016 presidential election and the probe into whether President Donald Trump obstructed justice when he fired FBI Director James Comey, which triggered the Mueller’s appointment.
“For 9 months we’ve warned them consequences were coming, and for 9 months we’ve heard the same excuses backed up by the same unacceptable conduct. 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,” Meadows said in a statement.
Meadows accused Rosenstein of complicity in an unsubstantiated conspiracy against the president and his campaign cohorts.
“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,” Meadows added.
Rosenstein is accused violating Congressional subpoenas by withholding requested documents pertaining to Mueller’s ongoing investigation and for allegedly abusing the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, through which warrants against Trump campaign aide Carter Page were issued last year.