BREAKING: Impeachment Articles Drafted Against Attorney General Rosenstein
Articles of impeachment have been drafted against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who was placed in charge of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian interference during the 2016 presidential race, an anonymous source disclosed to Fox News’ Chad Pergram yesterday.
The news of potential proceedings to unseat Rosenstein comes after a tumultuous week for the White House, after an FBI raid of Trump’s personal attorney, Michael Cohen, precluded all hopes of the possibility of the president sitting down for an interview with Robert Mueller.
The tweet from the Fox News correspondent notes that impeachment articles against Rosenstein have yet to be filed, as well as raising doubts about the possibility of impeachment proceedings making their way through the committee.
Which lawmaker is responsible for drafting the impeachment articles themselves remains a mystery. However, some GOP House members have recently and publicly raised the notion of firing Rosenstein for withholding documents from the chair of the House Intelligence Committee.
Last week, House Republican Mark Meadows told reporters that Attorney General Sessions and Deputy Rosenstein could be held in contempt for not releasing the aforementioned documents.
In March, Republican representatives Bob Goodlatte and Trey Gowdy issued a subpoena to the Department of Justice to release documents related to the FBI’s decision-making process regarding topics ranging from the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails to the firing of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
If Republicans choose to move forward with proceedings against Rosenstein, they should expect to face backlash not only from their Democratic colleagues across the aisle but also from former Department of Justice officials as well. A petition against Rosenstein’s firing has amassed over two hundred signatories, all alumni of the DOJ.
The petition reads, in part, “We are therefore deeply disturbed by the attacks that have been levied against the good men and women of the Department. Not only is it an insult to their public service, but any attempt to corrupt or undermine the even-handed application of the rule of law threatens the foundation of our Republic.”
Sources close to Rosenstein revealed to news outlets that he has made peace with the possibility of his potential firing.