U.S. Republicans seek impeachment of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein

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Lawmakers should not be "cavalier" with the impeachment process, he said, adding that he did not think the department's action "rises to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors".

The representatives argue that the Department of Justice has failed to provide documents and other disclosures demanded by the House.

Recently, Meadows joined with Rep. Jim Jordan of OH, asking the Department of Justice's internal watchdog to look into accusations of Roseinstein threatening House staffers.

As Ryan voiced his disapproval, Meadows acknowledged that he didn't now have the votes to pass the impeachment resolution and said he wouldn't use procedural maneuvers to trigger an immediate vote - something he had threatened to do.

A summer legislative recess and the election-year calendar is likely to protect Rosenstein from facing the impeachment sought by the conservative Republicans. "No, I do not", he said.

Democrats meanwhile have accused Republicans of simply trying to discredit the FBI and undermine the Mueller investigation.

The decision drew criticism from some other House Republicans including Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., who told Politico he believed the move is a "reckless publicity stunt".

Meadows downplayed any disagreement with the speaker on the matter, saying he had spoken to the speaker on Thursday morning.

In a joint statement, the top Democrats on the House Judiciary, Oversight and Government Reform and intelligence committees called the move a "panicked and unsafe 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". Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), who serves on the House Oversight Committee, said he's exhausted of the DOJ giving us the finger.

Donald Trump nominated him to serve as Deputy Attorney General for the United States Department of Justice on February 1, 2017.

Rosenstein says that's not true.

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"Impeachment is a punishment, it's not a remedy", House Oversight and Government Reform Chairman Trey Gowdy said shortly before Meadows introduced the resolution.

The Freedom Caucus Chairman said he had a "very good conversation with leadership", adding that his fellow nine co-sponsors are "going to try to use one last ditch effort to try to give DOJ and the Federal Bureau of Investigation the benefit of the doubt and hopefully they can comply with the document request".

The Justice Department has provided lawmakers with more than 800,000 documents, but Meadows claimed after the meeting that there was still "frustration" with how Rosenstein has handled the oversight requests. "Time is up and the consequences are here".

At the time of his confirmation as Deputy Attorney General, he was the nation's longest serving US Attorney. "And if this were to pass through the House, then what it would do is tie the Senate into knots".

Still, some leaders could use the resolution as leverage.

"The DOJ has a legitimate lawful basis for keeping certain documents secret in a pending investigation".

"The mountain of evidence against Rod Rosenstein is very compelling when you look at the extent to which documents and witnesses have been withheld", said Gaetz, one of the lawmakers who introduced the resolution. The introduction of the articles of impeachment followed soon after the DOJ released the applications for surveillance warrants filed under the Foreign Surveillance Intelligence Act.

The Wisconsin Republican told reporters the Department of Justice was largely complying with a GOP demand for documents surrounding the FBI's Russian Federation investigation.

At a Congressional hearing last month, Rosenstein responded to charges by Jordan that he was "hiding information from Congress". He stepped in in a supervisorial role after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself. Most of the texts are copies of ones that have already been reviewed or made public.

Among those who would be under pressure are the GOP leaders looking to move up the ladder following House Speaker Paul Ryan's retirement, including Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and Majority Whip Steve Scalise, R-La., who have been wooing conservatives in anticipation of a succession battle.

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