|You might favor this bill if:
► You believe Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General, should be impeached for allegedly failing to comply with requests for documents relating to the Russia inquiry and the Clinton probe.
|You might oppose this bill if:
► You believe that requests between House Republicans and Rosenstein, who oversees the federal Trump-Russia investigation, doesn't rise to the level of "high crimes and misdemeanors" that could warrant impeachment. This is an attempt to end the Mueller investigation.
In the leaked audio, both Rep Nunes and Rep. McMorris Rodgers appear to be admitting that there is a House Republican plan to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who oversees the Mueller investigation at the Department of Justice, but that timing and the midterm elections are impeding the process.
By the time H.Res.1028 was introduced, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan was quick to distance himself and the Republican leadership from the effort, claiming the allegations do not rise to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors. It appears that behind closed doors, Republican efforts are different.
In the leaked audio, House Intelligence Chairman Rep. Nunes and the number four Republican in House Leadership Rep. McMorris Rodgers indicated that there is an effort underway to impeach Rosenstein but the timing of such could delay the Supreme Court pick of Justice Kavanaugh, contradicting statements made by the Republican leadership.
At the fundraiser, when asked about the Republicans distancing themselves from the impeachment, Rep. Nunes responded that "If we actually vote to impeach, ok, what that does is that triggers the Senate [which] then has to take it up ... I don't think you're gonna get any argument from most of our colleagues."
"The Senate only has so much time. Do you want them to drop everything and not confirm the Supreme Court justice... The question is the timing of it right before the election," said Rep. Nunes in the leaked audio. "The Senate would have to drop everything they're doing and start to, and start with impeachment on Rosenstein, and then take the risk of not getting Kavanaugh confirmed. So it's not a matter that any of us like Rosenstein. It's a matter of timing."
At the fundraiser, Rep. Nunes, then made a hypothetical example of what would happen if he were to receive stolen emails from a foreign entity and indicated in such example that it would be a criminal action.
"But ultimately let's say the Portuguese came and brought her some stolen emails. And she [Rep. McMorris Rodgers] decided to release those. OK, now we have a problem, right?” Rep. Nunes said. "Because somebody stole the emails, gave them to Cathy [Rep. McMorris Rodgers], Cathy released them. Well, if that's the case, then that's criminal."
Rep. Nunes then signaled the importance of keeping the majority and protecting the President.
"I mean we have to keep all these seats. We have to keep the majority. If we do not keep the majority, all of this goes away," Rep. Nunes added. "If Sessions won't unrecuse and Mueller won't clear the president, we're the only ones," explaining Republican congress members would be the only ones able to protect the President.
According to the NBC report, Rep. Nunes' office nor Rep. McMorris Rodgers's office have commented on the issue.
H.Res.1028 sets the articles of impeachment against Rod Rosenstein, the Deputy Attorney General of the United States, accusing Rosenstein of failing to comply with requests for documents relating to the Russia inquiry and the Clinton probe.
Rod Rosenstein assumed responsibility to oversee any matters relating to the 2016 presidential campaign on March 2nd, 2017, when Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from any investigations relating to the same campaign. Ever since, Rosenstein has been overseeing Special Counsel Mueller's investigation.
The resolution indicates the timeline behind the reasoning for the impeachment.
According to the resolution, on July 27, 2017, House Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte and 19 Members of Congress requested a second Special Counsel to conduct a investigation into matters related to the 2016 Presidential campaign, which appeared to be outside the scope of Special Counsel Mueller’s investigation. On March 6, 2018, Rep. Goodlatte and Rep. Gowdy called for the appointment of a second Special Counsel to investigate potential conflicts of interests related to certain prosecutorial and investigative decisions made and not made by the Department of Justice (DOJ) in 2016 and 2017.
On March 29, 2018, Attorney General Sessions said that he would not appoint a second Special Counsel to investigate these matters. On May 22, 2018, Rep. Lee Zeldin introduced H. Res. 907, a resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the Attorney General should appoint a second Special Counsel. Said resolution has not been voted on yet.
On July 21, 2018, the DOJ released a heavily redacted set of documents containing the Carter Page Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant application and subsequent renewals. Upon reviewing the documents, it is evident Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein signed an FBI application to renew FISA surveillance on Carter Page.
The resolutions says that his conduct in authorizing the FISA surveillance makes him a fact witness central to the ongoing investigation, therefore he should have then recused himself from the investigation, due to his inherent conflict of interest and failure to recommend the appointment of a second Special Counsel.
The resolution states that Mr. Rosenstein, and the DOJ, repeatedly failed to produce documents requested by the both the Judiciary and Oversight and Government Reform Committees, regarding the Clinton Foundation, the Clinton campaign, and the Trump campaign, despite the committees’ constitutional right to conduct oversight of the FBI and the DOJ. Documents provided to Members of Congress in July 2018 by whistleblowers alledgedly shows that under Mr. Rosenstein’s leadership, the DOJ and FBI have knowingly and intentionally withheld documents to avoid oversight.
DOJ officials say they have handed in over 880,000 pages of documents relating to the role of the FBI in the Clinton probe.
According to an article by The Hill published on July 26, 2018, "Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) says he is tabling his efforts to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein after having several meetings with Republican leadership, stating that he would instead pursue contempt if the Justice Department (DOJ) does not turn over documents Congress is seeking." The article states that Rep. Meadows is backing off the impeachment to give the DOJ's and the FBI's "one last chance to comply."
According to the Associated Press, House Speaker Paul Ryan says Rosenstein should finish the investigation.
Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Florida Republican House member, opposes the impeachment and thinks of it as a maneuver to end the Mueller investigation.
Sponsored by: Rep. Meadows, Mark [R-NC-11].
Cosponsored by: 14 Rep / 0 Dem.