On the 12th of July 2018, the GOP members of the US House Oversight Committee and the House Judiciary Committee held a joint hearing to question the FBI agent Peter Strzok who had been publicly exposed for having penned anti-Trump tweets in 2016. But Mr. Strzok had been removed from the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe by the lead investigator, the Special Counsel Robert Mueller III around July 2017, when the existence of these emails were uncovered.
The GOP Committee members are furious that they have been described by most media outlets’ reports as acting like unhinged, desperate persecutors in their attempts to humiliate the FBI agent Peter Strzok as a proxy for disparaging the FBI’s Trump-Russia probe.
They have been blaming the (DOJ) US Department of Justice’s Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for having barred Mr. Strzok from answering any questions regarding current FBI investigations instead of Mr. Strzok having relied on instructions by FBI attorneys who were advising him.
Consequently, these GOP committee members have been diligently laboring to file impeachment papers against the DOJ’s Deputy General Rod Rosenstein who has been charged with overseeing the FBI’ Trump-Russia probe.
Of course, the backdrop story behind their efforts is the fact that on the 13th of July 2018, the Deputy Attorney General publicly announced the filing of indictments against 12 Russian GRU operatives who conspired with Americans to interfere in the 2016 US elections infrastructure.
Here is the rest of the story…
On July 13, 2018, Rachael Bade and Kyle Cheney of Politico penned the following report, “House conservatives prep push to impeach Rosenstein”
“House conservatives are preparing a new push to oust Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, according to three conservative Capitol Hill sources — putting the finishing touches on an impeachment filing even as Rosenstein announced the indictment of 12 Russian intelligence officers for interfering in the 2016 election.”
“House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows, in fact, had the impeachment document on the floor of the House at the very moment that Rosenstein spoke to reporters and TV cameras Friday (7/13/18).”
“Conservative GOP lawmakers have been plotting to remove Rosenstein for weeks, accusing him of slow-walking their probe of FBI agents they’ve accused of bias against President Donald Trump.”
“Democrats contend Republicans’ fixation on Rosenstein is really an effort to undermine special counsel Robert Mueller, who reports to Rosenstein and has been making inroads in his investigation of the Russian election interference plot. Mueller’s probe has entangled members of Trump’s inner circle and Trump has increasingly assailed it as a politically motivated “witch hunt” as it’s presented greater danger to him and his allies.”
“Conservative sources say they could file the impeachment document as soon as Monday, as Meadows and Freedom Caucus founder Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) look to build Republican support in the House. One source cautioned, however, that the timing was still fluid.” (Rep. Jordan is the one who has recently been accused by 8 former OSU wrestling team members of having covered up for abusive sexual activity by team doctor.)
“It has not been filed today,” was all Meadows spokesman Ben Williamson would say.”
“It is unclear how much support conservatives will have in their effort. Rosenstein has become a punching bag for Trump and his allies as they vent frustration over the Russia investigation. Since Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself, Rosenstein has overseen the Mueller probe, which is also examining potential obstruction of justice charges against the president.”
“But House GOP leaders like Speaker Paul Ryan have clearly been uncomfortable with the notion of going after Rosenstein. It’s unlikely that will change anytime soon, especially so soon after the latest indictments.”
Rosenstein has clashed with House Republicans for months, with Rosenstein insisting that he’s working to comply with the GOP’s intensive demands for documents — some directly relevant to Mueller’s ongoing probe.
“But Ryan and other top GOP lawmakers have accused him of stonewalling and flouting Congress’ oversight authority. Trump, too, has frequently sided with lawmakers to pressure Rosenstein to turn over more documents, an effort Democrats say is really meant to arm Trump with more insight into the Russia probe.”
“The House, with Ryan’s blessing, adopted a measure last month accusing Rosenstein and other DOJ officials of bucking Congress and demanding access to thousands of sensitive FBI documents by July 6. It’s unclear whether Republican leaders are satisfied with DOJ’s efforts since then or if they’re preparing a renewed push for the materials.”
“The New York Times reported on Thursday that the White House overruled the FBI and ordered broader access for some GOP lawmakers to documents related to an informant connected to the ongoing Russia probe.”
“In his remarks Friday (7/13/18), Rosenstein urged the public to be wary of leaks surrounding the Mueller probe.”
“We do not try cases on television or in congressional hearings. Most anonymous leaks are not from the government officials who are actually conducting these investigations,” he said.”
“We follow the rule of law, which means that we follow procedures, and we reserve judgment,” he added. “We complete our investigations, and we evaluate all of the relevant evidence before we reach any conclusion. That is how the American people expect their Department of Justice to operate, and that is how our department is going to operate.”
But House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) has made clear that he doesn’t consider Rosenstein out of the woods yet.
“After a daylong grilling Thursday of FBI counterintelligence agent Peter Strzok — whom Republicans have accused of bias in the Russia probe — Goodlatte said he blamed Rosenstein for limiting Strzok’s ability to reveal details of his work.”
“Rosenstein, who has oversight over the FBI and of the Mueller investigation is where the buck stops,” he said. “Congress has been blocked today from conducting its constitutional oversight duty.”
Link to the entire report: House conservatives prep push to impeach Rosenstein – POLITICO