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11 GOP Lawmakers Are Trying to Impeach Mueller's Boss

'We're tired of the Justice Department giving us the finger'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Jul 26, 2018 6:05 AM CDT
Rep. Mark Meadows, right, chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, and Rep. Jim Jordan, its founding member, take questions at a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, July...   (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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(Newser) – Two extremely conservative House lawmakers are leading a bid to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees Robert Mueller. Reps. Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan are among 11 Republican lawmakers who filed a resolution Wednesday calling for Rosenstein to be impeached, the Washington Post reports. The men, allies of President Trump, are accusing Rosenstein of withholding information about the special counsel's Russia investigation from Congress, amid other misconduct. Politico reports that they filed the articles of impeachment hours after meeting with Justice Department officials to discuss demands for documents.

"We're tired of the Justice Department giving us the finger and not giving us the information we're entitled to to do our constitutional duty," Jordan said on Fox News Wednesday night. But with House Speaker Paul Ryan among those opposed, the resolution is unlikely to go as far as a vote. "Even if it does get a vote, and even if Mr. Rosenstein is impeached, two-thirds of the Senate would have to support removing him after a trial in the chamber," says the BBC's Anthony Zurcher. "The chances of that—which would require a significant number of Democrats in favor—are less than zero." Rep. Adam Schiff tweeted that the articles were filed in "bad faith" and "show [the] extraordinary lengths to which House Republicans will go to protect Trump." (Read more Rod Rosenstein stories.)

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