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GOP Ready to Impeach Rosenstein: Report

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows has the document in hand
By Neal Colgrass,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 14, 2018 2:30 PM CDT

(Newser) – Seems House conservatives are still hoping to see Rod Rosenstein hit the unemployment line. Conservative lawmakers were honing an impeaching filing for the deputy attorney general Friday at the same time he announced 12 indictments against Russians for alleged election hacking, Capitol Hill sources tell Politico. In fact, Rosenstein was talking to reporters just as House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows had the document on the House floor. Conservative sources say the filing could come Monday. House Republicans have planned Rosenstein's ouster for weeks, saying he's failed to expedite their investigation into FBI agents allegedly biased against President Trump.

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Of course, Rosenstein is also overseeing Robert Mueller's probe into Russian election interference and possible obstruction of justice by Trump—which Democrats say is the real reason Republicans want him out. Whether conservatives will actually support Rosenstein's impeachment is unclear. Top House Republicans like Speaker Paul Ryan don't seem enthusiastic, which could spell a further divide on the political right: "It's likely that as the Mueller investigation proceeds there will be a widening rift on the political right between die-hard Trump loyalists and those willing to follow the evidence where it leads," writes Jeet Heer at the New Republic. (Read more Rod Rosenstein stories.)

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