Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended Rod Rosenstein on Thursday, saying he has "the highest confidence" in him one day after House conservatives introduced a resolution to impeach the deputy attorney general overseeing the special counsel Russian Federation investigation. Republican congressmember and Freedom Caucus chair Mark Meadows says he will instead seek to charge Rosenstein with contempt of Congress if he doesn't turn over documents Meadows is seeking.
At a news conference, Ryan said Rosenstein's back-and-forth with congressional Republicans over document requests doesn't rise to the level of "high crimes and misdemeanors" that could warrant impeachment under the Constitution.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein looks likely to keep his job, though he will also likely continue to endure political attacks from supporters of President Trump.
Sessions, meanwhile, said in Boston on Thursday that Rosenstein is capable and that he enjoys Sessions' "highest confidence".
It has been argued by people that I respect that this resolution is merely the opening shot of a joint Congress-White House operation aimed at getting rid of Rosenstein for the objective of getting rid of Robert Mueller. Conservative members led by Reps.
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Despite Greipel's apology, Demare said he had used his comments as motivation. It didn't feel like a grab. "I think (he was) a bit of an idiot".
A Meadows spokesman said the North Carolina Republican was leaving open the option of making the resolution privileged to force a vote.
"I hope that they lay down a gauntlet and show these folks that we're not just going to accept this", Rep. Tom Rice, R-S.C., told ABC News.
The articles were introduced by Rep. Mark Meadows of North Carolina, chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, and Rep. Jim Jordan of OH, along with 9 cosponsors.
Not all Republicans are on board with the impeachment proceedings. The move escalates an ongoing feud some House Republicans have had with the Justice Department, which they have accused of withholding key information from Congress.
"It is a panicked and risky 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.
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In Azerbaijan, Mr Trump did business with a figure linked to money laundering and the Iranian Revolutionary Guard. McDougal later sued, claiming that AMI paid for the story with the intention of burying it to protect Trump.
It's easy for congressional leaders in Congress to sidetrack such resolutions, as they did when former Cleveland Democratic congressman Dennis Kucinich repeatedly introduced measures to impeach former President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney over the Iraq War. A replacement for Rosenstein could fire Mueller or narrow the scope of his work, which Trump has often assailed as a "witch hunt".
"The DOJ is keeping information from Congress". It was highly unlikely Rosenstein would have been impeached but the gesture was meant to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation which is under the supervision of Rosenstein.
"It's an uptick in their fabulously irresponsible effort to damage the critical institutions of this country in favor of defending the president", Himes, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, said. "Our message to the Justice Department: either produce the documents or take the consequences".
They accuse Rosenstein of failing to provide information to House committees, even though the Justice Department has already provided more than 800,000 documents.
Mueller's indictment this month of 12 Russian intelligence officers on allegations of interfering in the 2016 election has fortified contentions by Democrats and some Republicans that Mueller and Rosenstein should be left alone to finish their work.
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He is the brother of former Nawaz Sharif who was ousted over corruption allegations and is now serving a 10-year jail term. Violence gripped Pakistan on election day after several election-related incidents, including the suicide blast in Quetta.
The biggest unmet demand is providing lawmakers access to unredacted documents related to the Clinton investigation, which falls under the House Judiciary subpoena, the officials said.