On Saturday, a top republican lawmaker said that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein could soon be held in contempt of Congress or even face an impeachment if he fails to produce Clinton and Russia-related records to Congress.
The lawmaker who made this statement was North Carolina GOP Rep. Mark Meadows. He told Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro in a Saturday night interview that if Rosenstein doesn’t turn over the documents, there would be a growing “number of us” on Capitol Hill who believe that someone else needs to do the job. In addition, he said he’s already “fed up” by this huge problem.
This is a delicate situation that could create a political mayhem in Washington D.C., considering its implications and the possible domino effect.
Apparently, this republican lawmaker was responding to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Justice Department’s failure to meet the Thursday deadline. They were supposed to turn over 1.2 million documents related to the Hillary Clinton e-mail probe and the surveillance warrants granted against President Donald Trump’s former campaign adviser Carter Page.
In addition, some of these documents were related to the Bureau’s internal report recommending the firing of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
As everyone knows, this was a controversial case in which he and several members of the Democratic Party were quite upset because of the way his firing was conducted.
While the mainstream media tried to portray his firing as a chain of wrongdoings, FBI Director Christopher Wray recently explained everything was done by the book.
According to different reports, House Judiciary Committee Chairman and Virginia GOP Rep. Bob Goodlatte subpoenaed the documents on March 22.
Meadows told Pirro on Fox News that the agencies missed the April 5 deadline to produce the records.
Unsurprisingly, President Trump sounded off on the matter on Saturday, asking in a tweet what does the FBI and the Department of Justice have to hide.
In the Fox News interview, Meadow identified President Trump appointee Rod Rosenstein as the main roadblock in producing the records.
Rosenstein is now acting as the attorney general for the controversial Russian investigation because of the fact that Attorney General Jeff Sessions decided to recuse himself from the matter.
This was a really delicate decision and the main consequence was the appointment of special counsel Robert Mueller to conduct the probe.
Meadows told Fox News that they need someone fully committed to doing the job in the most effective way.
Furthermore, he explained that if the deputy attorney general is not willing to allow their constitutional oversight authority, “then we’ll find someone who can.”
After that aggressive statement, Pirro asked Meadows how he could get rid of Rosenstein if they don’t provide the documents.
Meadows pointed out that the first area is basically contempt of Congress. Then, he explained that one of the main cards they have as a “tool in our toolbox” is impeachment.
After revealing that Rosenstein could get impeached if he fails, Meadows told Pirro that it’s not enough to stop there.
Meadows made those comments soon after President Trump tweeted that the Justice Department was essentially “slow walking” after it missed the Thursday deadline to hand over the documents.
That situation took place soon after the agency failed to respond to a request for the documents made by Goodlatte and the House Oversight Chairman and South Carolina GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy.
After explaining that Rosenstein could get impeached, Pirro asked Meadows if there would be any sort of extension granted.
Meadows replied that there are two things that are needed to be accomplished. He said that he gave a very short deadline to Rosenstein, and claimed that the documents need to be seen in order to make the proper procedures.
On Thursday, a Republican House Judiciary Committee aide told the Washington Examiner that they were working with the DOJ to take immediate steps to comply with the subpoena and effectively produce the documents to the Committee.
Meadows told Pirro that the documents already showed that there was a clear coordination with the state department and the Barack Obama White House.
Finally, he claimed that FBI and the DOJ have been hiding such information from Congress for months.