GOP House Members Move To Impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions gestures during a news conference at the Moakley Federal Building in Boston Thursday

GOP lawmakers introduce articles of impeachment against Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein

A guest Wednesday night on Fox News' "The Ingraham Angle," Meadows, R-N.C., told host Laura Ingraham that Ryan is a bystander in their effort to impeach the deputy attorney general - provided they have the votes.

In a statement, Meadows said Rosenstein should be impeached because of the Justice Department's stonewalling of congressional subpoenas and hiding information from Congress, and for signing one of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant renewals for Trump campaign foreign policy adviser Carter Page.

In early May, upon hearing that at least some members of the House Freedom Caucus had drafted articles of impeachment against him, Rosenstein fired back.

The move comes after months of criticism aimed at the department - and the Russian Federation investigation in particular - from Trump and his Republican allies in Congress. Trump has fumed about Mueller's probe and repeatedly called it a "witch hunt", a refrain echoed by some of the lawmakers.

Congressional committees have sought information concerning the Department of Justice's (DOJ) handling of high-profile investigations into allegations of collusion between President Donald Trump's 2016 campaign, along with former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's use of a private email server to conduct official USA diplomatic business. Further, they claim that the DOJ has withheld documents and us ignoring Congressional subpoenas.

The Justice Department essentially says it's trying to comply, but that these Republicans want a lot, and it takes times.

The articles were introduced by Reps.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions addresses reporters during a news conference at the Moakley Federal Building in Boston Thursday
Republicans Introduce Articles Of Impeachment Against Rod Rosenstein House Conservatives Introduce Articles Of Impeachment Against Rod Rosenstein

A House Republican aide said the two lawmakers were not attempting to force quick action on the articles of impeachment.

It is unclear whether there will be enough support in the party to pass it, as Republican leaders have not signed on to the effort.

Meadows and Jordan issued a statement saying "evidence continues to mount regarding the Department of Justice's problematic decision-making during the 2016 campaign and conduct surrounding the transition to President [Donald] Trump's administration in 2017". They're angry that the Justice Department hasn't agreed to appoint a second special counsel to investigate the first, in Mueller. Especially when it comes to classified information, which Congress doesn't automatically own the rights to use.

"We can't get answers for the American people if we can't get information from the DOJ", tweeted Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio).

The resolution also goes directly after Rosenstein for his role in the ongoing Mueller investigation, criticizing him for refusing to produce a memo that outlines the scope of that investigation and questioning whether the investigation was started on legitimate grounds.

The impeachment documents may not even come to the House floor for a vote, though.

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