Republicans introduce articles of impeachment against deputy attorney general

House conservatives move to impeach deputy attorney general	 	 	 			Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein

Breitbart News editor Joel Pollak, a staunch backer of President Donald Trump, slammed House Republicans who this week filed articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

"When you find some problem with production and questions, it doesn't mean I'm personally concealing something from you", Rosenstein replied when Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), one of the impeachment articles authors, accused him of "hiding information".

"We're exhausted of the Justice Department giving us the finger and not giving us the information we're entitled to to do our constitutional duty", Jordan said on Fox News Wednesday night.

House Republicans have criticised Rosenstein for not being responsive enough as they have requested documents related to the Russian Federation investigation as well as a closed investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton's emails.

The Justice Department essentially says it's trying to comply, but that these Republicans want a lot, and it takes times. But they do not force an immediate vote on impeachment - which would have proven controversial, as many Republican lawmakers have not supported calls for Rosenstein's impeachment.

Wednesday's resolution had nine cosponsors, though notably not conservative House leadership such as Trey Gowdy, chair of the Oversight Committee, and Bob Goodlatte, chair of the Judiciary Committee. But with House Speaker Paul Ryan among those opposed, the resolution is unlikely to go as far as a vote.

Democrats charge that Republicans are targeting Rosenstein because they're trying to undercut Mueller's probe. A vote on impeachment would be a public loyalty test for Republicans. It would require a vote in favor from a majority of the House and two-thirds of the Senate.

"We are exhausted of the Justice Department giving us the finger and not giving us the information", Jordan added.

House Rules Committee ultimately approved a nonbinding resolution demanding "full" Justice Department compliance with subpoenas issued for documents and information related to the Clinton email and Trump-Russia investigation. "Not only have subpoenas been ignored, but information has been hidden, efforts have been stonewalled".

"We're hopeful that we'll get some documents that we identified today".

A House GOP aide told ABC News Wednesday night that the articles of impeachment were not filed as a "privileged resolution," meaning they can not force a vote on it on the House floor.

In June, FBI Director Chris Wray testified that 100 FBI employees have been working around the clock to respond to lawmakers' requests.

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