Rosenstein Defiant As Impeachment Talk Rises

Rod Rosenstein is offering a fierce defense of the Justice Department amid mounting Republican criticism, making an unusually public stand for the institution he has served for nearly three decades.

On Tuesday, the deputy attorney general rebuked the nascent conservative effort to impeach him, likely exacerbating tensions with conservatives in the House.

House Republicans are demanding access to classified documents related to the investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller, including a heavily redacted memo that spells out the scope of the investigation.

Republican lawmakers led by Meadows, chairman of the House Freedom Caucus one of President Trump’s top allies in Congress, have drafted eight articles of impeachment against Rosenstein. The articles make a series of charges against Rosenstein and question his credibility, reputation and fitness to serve. 

Conservatives have called the impeachment articles a last resort.

Rosenstein dismissed the impeachment threat and went a step further by suggesting the Justice Department’s independence is being threatened.

The charges appear to have caught the attention of the president, who threatened to get involved on Wednesday morning.

Ford O’Connell, a Republican strategist, said Rosenstein came off as “cagey” in his defense and raised questions about what he may be trying to hide.  

“Everyone knows that this is heating up and both sides are gearing up for a fight,” O’Connell told The Hill. 

Read more from Olivia Beavers and Morgan Chalfant at The Hill

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