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Ryan, Sessions refuse to join attack on Rosenstein

by Lynde Langdon
Posted 7/26/18, 12:37 pm

UPDATE: House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said Thursday he did not support the articles of impeachment that 11 conservative lawmakers filed against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Ryan told reporters he didn’t think Rosenstein’s disputes with GOP House members about document requests met the constitutional standard for impeachment. Attorney General Jeff Sessions also defended his deputy Thursday, saying he had the highest confidence in Rosenstein.

OUR EARLIER REPORT (10:57 a.m.): Eleven House Republicans introduced articles of impeachment Wednesday against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election. Reps. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, said Rosenstein is stonewalling House requests for documents related to the beginning of the Russia probe and a closed investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state. House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has not yet signed on to the effort, and South Carolina Republican Rep. Trey Gowdy, chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, questioned the tactic’s effectiveness. “If you are looking for documents, then you want compliance, and you want whatever moves you toward compliance,” he said.

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Lynde Langdon

Lynde is a WORLD Digital’s managing editor and reports on popular and fine arts. She lives in Wichita, Kan., with her husband and two daughters. Follow Lynde on Twitter @lmlangdon.

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  •  Brendan Bossard's picture
    Brendan Bossard
    Posted: Thu, 07/26/2018 12:58 pm

    The 11 are very foolish.  This will accomplish nothing useful, and aggravate the problem.  They need to confront Pres. Trump about his behavior instead.

  •  West Coast Gramma's picture
    West Coast Gramma
    Posted: Thu, 07/26/2018 02:08 pm

    Yes!! This vindictive action is pure politics. Thanks Brendan for posting. 

  • JerryM
    Posted: Thu, 07/26/2018 07:29 pm

    Does the president have the authority to step in and simply force the DOJ to provide all documents?  If so, why is he not doing this?

  •  Xion's picture
    Posted: Fri, 07/27/2018 02:40 am

    The only grounds for impeachment are high crimes and misdemeanors, whatever that means.  No executive branch official has ever been successfully removed from office through impeachment. 

    Rosenstein has compromised the justice department with partisan bias, having double standards for each of the top presidential candidates.   He launched a partisan investigation into Russian collusion by one party while ignoring the blatant collusion by the other..  He refused to comply with Congressional oversight for nine months.  He threatened to subpoena emails, phone records and other documents from lawmakers and staff on a Republican-led House committee. 

    There is no justice under Rosenstein.  He is not doing his job.  Neither is Jeff Sessions.  Politics corrupts everything.  But there is little point in trying to impeach.