Republicans Begin Impeachment Proceedings Against Rosenstein

House GOP members led by Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (NC) have filed formal articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, according to a late Wednesday announcement by Meadows over Twitter.

News of the resolution comes after weeks of frustration by Congressional investigators, who have repeatedly accused Rosenstein and the DOJ of "slow walking" documents related to their investigations. Lawmakers say they've been given the runaround - while Rosenstein and the rest of the DOJ have maintained that handing over vital documents would compromise ongoing investigations. 

Not even last week's heavily redacted release of the FBI's FISA surveillance application on former Trump campaign Carter Page was enough to dissuade the GOP lawmakers from their efforts to impeach Rosenstein. In fact, its release may have sealed Rosenstein's fate after it was revealed that the FISA application and subsequent renewals - at least one of which Rosenstein signed off on, relied heavily on the salacious and largely unproven Steele dossier. 

In late June, Rosenstein along with FBI Director Christopher Wray clashed with House Republicans during a fiery hearing over an internal DOJ report criticizing the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation by special agents who harbored extreme animus towards Donald Trump while expressing support for Clinton. Republicans on the panel grilled a defiant Rosenstein on the Trump-Russia investigation which has yet to prove any collusion between the Trump campaign and the Kremlin. 

“This country is being hurt by it. We are being divided,” Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC) said of Mueller’s investigation.  “Whatever you got,” Gowdy added, “Finish it the hell up because this country is being torn apart.

Rosenstein pushed back - dodging responsibility for decisions made by subordinates while claiming that Mueller was moving "as expeditiously as possible," and insisting that he was "not trying to hide anything." 

We are not in contempt of this Congress, and we are not going to be in contempt of this Congress,” Rosenstein told lawmakers.

Congressional GOP were not impressed. 

For over eight months, they have had the opportunity to choose transparency. But they’ve instead chosen to withhold information and impede any effort of Congress to conduct oversight,” said Representative Mark Meadows of North Carolina, a sponsor of Thursday’s House resolution who raised the possibility of impeachment this week. “If Rod Rosenstein and the Department of Justice have nothing to hide, they certainly haven’t acted like it.” -New York Times (6/28/18)

And now, Rosenstein's fate is in the hands of Congress.

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New_Meat powow Wed, 07/25/2018 - 20:37 Permalink

Here in the area around Bahst'n, we ask the question.  It has been around a while, especially since the cleanup of Bahst'n Haba'h--"What do you call it when all of the lawyah'z ah drown'd in the Haba'h?"

A Good Staht.

- Ned

{can't think why all of the reddiez.  Everyone knows this goes much higha'}

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Dickweed Wang New_Meat Wed, 07/25/2018 - 21:05 Permalink

I got directed to Meadows Twitter feed earlier and I couldn't believe some of the comments from the Hilary crowd.  Either they actually believe the CNN/MSNBC "Russia did it" bullshit or they've decided to roll with that narrative regardless of what reality shows because they think it gives them some kind of leverage if they keep spewing those accusations. Those people are really sick in the head.

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glenlloyd silverer Thu, 07/26/2018 - 00:52 Permalink

Granted, as much as I like Gowdy I know that 1) he's leaving and 2) there is an element of theatrics to his congressional committee talk.

That said, Trump should have thoroughly clean house a long time ago and gotten rid of all these biased shitheads that populate most of the agencies in the administration.

It's intolerable that our duly elected president can be heckled in the White House by a twat intern, I think that's outrageous IMO. Things like that don't have to the president, that intern (and the person who hired her) should be out of a job.

When we said drain the swamp we meant it...

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Carl Spackler The Alarmist Thu, 07/26/2018 - 10:39 Permalink

I don’t think you need to remove him via the Senate vote.

Order of play:

1. Impeach in the people’s House

2. POTUS then declassifies and releases the unredacted IG report and unredacted FISA application... fireworks fly as the lies are finally exposed.

3. Rosenstein...You’re fired. (Ed O’Callaghan then terminates Mueller probe.)... bada bing

No public optics for “Obstruction of Justice” by POTUS.  All of the above steps/actions are fully legal.

4. Then, we learn about how the UK (MI6) via Five Eyes spied on Trump and spoofed it as “Russian” while getting paid from the Obama cash pallets delivered via the Iran deal... kaboom

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Rex Titter philipat Thu, 07/26/2018 - 06:03 Permalink

Wish I had pic privileges, got an excellent shot of Sessions and Granny side by side.  Here's a shot on Reddit for your viewing pleasure if you haven't already seen it...

https://www.reddit.com/r/PoliticalHumor/comments/7a3szl/beverly_hillbil…

Too bad, so sad, I hate to say this, butt the Rodster won't see jail time and probably won't even get dismissed.  Even if he does, he will end up with some STUPID book deal and a cushy job at some effing university.  That's how these people roll. Also, WTF!  how does this little prick qualify for impeachment anyway???  He's just an effing employee????

Dear Mr. President, Pleeze let us all see a well defined boot mark on Mr. Session's butt.  Thanks in advance for your consideration. 

Regards,

Fight Club

 

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jin187 glenlloyd Thu, 07/26/2018 - 06:28 Permalink

The purpose of this "investigation" is to stop exactly that.  The swamp dwellers are having the MSM set them up as paragons of virtue, that only want to get the truth about the Russian collusion.  So if Trump fires them, he must be trying to obstruct justice.  At least that's what every liberal rag and talking head will say as soon as he start firing people.

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Last of the Mi… jin187 Thu, 07/26/2018 - 06:58 Permalink

Why did this take 18 months? Over a year ago Mark Levin surmised what happened in the FISA court abuse case and was dead on. 

Folks, we have a shadow government operating at their own pleasure with their own agenda. I think there's about 20 or so of them that should lose their citizenship. Go anywhere you want but outside the US and it's territories for the rest of your life. 

That's the cheapest option. Just leave. And if we find you in any way, even by email or text attempting to influence our government in any way, we'll bin laden your ass in the middle of the night.

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Money_for_Nothing glenlloyd Thu, 07/26/2018 - 07:19 Permalink

Gowdy has something going on. A non-obvious conflict of interest he is resolving by not running again. I think Speaker Ryan does too and is taking the same way out. Both of them could be paying off quid-pro-quo's from the past or for the future. Could just be a social thing. Might not want to offend their close friends. Hard to determine. Their daily rhetoric and voting behavior is inconsistent with other claims they make.

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LightBeamCowboy glenlloyd Thu, 07/26/2018 - 12:41 Permalink

It wasn't in the White House, it was in the Capital rotunda. That said, it's outrageous that the intern wasn't walked directly out of the capital and never allowed back in. But in all of this we can see the pattern that Trump is keenly aware of any ammo that his actions give to the left's hysterical claim of !!tyrant!! When the swamp really starts getting going, the optics management will be so finely-tuned that only the most die-hard Dem fanatics will dare oppose it, committing career suicide in the process.

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Moving and Grooving Dickweed Wang Thu, 07/26/2018 - 19:21 Permalink

'sick in the head'

 

I think it's a opportunistic and juvenile retaliation for the stream of attacks made on Mrs Clinton for decades, personally. 

 

What she fails to realize though is that her current comments regarding Russia and the POTUS will probably inspire a very deep look at her again, and this time ol' Barky can't save her. Even if he could help her, he won't. Beyond some hand-wringing he won't ever lift a finger for any Clinton again.

 

It will likely have to wait until that sleep-walking cousin of Alfred E. Newman goes somewhere else to work. He has shown no inclination to pursue anything associated with Obama and Clinton.

 

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wildbad New_Meat Thu, 07/26/2018 - 03:04 Permalink

I find it difficult to believe that people realy believe that Sessions is a do nothing sleepy grandpa.

Trump is WELL KNOWN for his hair trigger firing of do nothings.  There is no political obstruction holding such an option back so what is the real reason?

The real reason is that Jefferson Sessions is a real patriot who can easily supress his desire for quick justice in leiu of solid justice.  Did he hire Huber just as a lark?  NO.  Hube has much more latitude and more teeth than the feds in many jurisdictions.  He has a staff of 470 attorneys working around the clock to make airtight cases in those jurisdictions and also making referrals to  military courts of justice for those high crimes cases.

There IS a master plan.  QAnon is the real deal.  For those of us old enough to have followed the watergate procedings live, the QAnon phenomenon is 1000 times more exciteing.  We are the Woodwards and the Bernsteins this time around.  

I predict that the the major strokes of this plan will unfold within a month and will dominate the news cycle through the upcoming elections and even those in 2020.  The mockingbird media, already thoroughly discredited, will fold like an accordion.

Donald J. Trump is by far the greatest president in the past 100 years.

Long live Trump

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HopefulCynical wildbad Thu, 07/26/2018 - 06:19 Permalink

Trump is WELL KNOWN for his hair trigger firing of do nothings.

Ordinarily, I'd agree with you, but I distinctly remember a news report, probably a year ago, about McConnell and the GOPe saying that if Trump fired Sessions, they would not confirm ANY candidate to fill the spot. Here is an article from a month ago, saying the same thing. The Swamp has their ally in the DOJ, and they have no intention of letting Trump broom him.

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SocratesSolutions powow Wed, 07/25/2018 - 20:51 Permalink

Anybody who uses dumb Jew phrases should have the Black Magic knocked out of them, or, the tar kicked out of them. Phrases such as: "Deep State". What the hell is that? What a stupid phrase. I have a simpler way to say it: Zionist Jews. 

Or how about "Hate Speech". I have a simpler way to say it: Zionist Jews. 

Or how about "Conspiracy Theory". I have a simpler way to say it. Zionist Jews. 

Come on you 911'd cows in America. SAY IT FOR GODDDAMNED SAKES: ZIONIST FUCKING ASSHOLE MURDERING JEWS. 

Come on you tv watchers watching them murder your President Kennedy: ZIONIST FUCKING ASSHOLE MURDERING JEWS. 

YOU'D BETTER SAY IT AND SAY IT AND DROP THE BULLSHIT. FOR IF YOU DON'T CLEAR OUT THE ZIONIST SHIT IN AMERICA YOU'RE GOING TO DROWN IN IT. 

 

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