Republicans Move to Impeach Rod Rosenstein

In what progressive advocacy groups and House Democrats immediately decried as a “shameless political ploy” aimed at shielding President Donald Trump from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s ongoing Russia probe, Reps. Mark Meadows (R-NC), Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), and nine other congressional Republicans late Wednesday filed articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

“This resolution to impeach Rosenstein is a direct attack on the special counsel’s investigation — full stop,” Reps. Jerrold Nadler (D-NY), Elijah Cummings (D-Md.), and Adam Schiff (D-Calif.) declared in a joint statement Wednesday night. “It is a panicked and dangerous 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.”

Scoffing at the House Republicans’ insistence that their effort to remove Rosenstein — who oversees the Mueller investigation — is a “principled attempt” to hold the Justice Department accountable, the Democrats note that the GOP has “refused to conduct oversight of any aspect of the Trump administration.”

“The president should not mistake this move by his congressional enablers as a pretext to take any action against Mr. Rosenstein or Mr. Mueller and his investigation,” the three House Democrats concluded. “Any attempt to do so will be viewed by Congress and the American people as further proof of an effort to obstruct justice with severe consequences for Trump and his presidency.”

While the Republicans’ impeachment articles against Rosenstein — which accuse him of “knowingly hiding”…

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