Impeachment of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is still an option “at any time,” Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) said Friday, a day after Republicans failed to act on impeachment documents and headed into recess.
Discussing Rosenstein’s stubborn refusal to comply with Congress’ repeated requests for documents, Rep. Jordan said the recess doesn’t affect the impeachment documents – and that putting pressure on the Justice Department has been “the only way” Congress has gotten the information to which its entitled:
“All we’ve done is file it. So, it’s still there. It’s sent to the Judiciary Committee; it can be brought up at any time.
“The only way we’ve got documents and information that we’re entitled to get, so the American people can get answers, is to put pressure on them.”
Rep. Jordan recounted how the Justice Department has repeatedly denied written requests, and even subpoenas, calling for documents relating to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia, the 2016 elections, and President Donald Trump:
“We sent letters back in November for information they didn’t comply they didn’t comply with. Two subpoenas they haven’t complied with.
“We’ve caught the Justice Department trying to hide information from us – namely, when they redacted the portion of a text message where it showed Peter Strzok was friends of one of the FISA court judges who happened to be the same federal judge who heard Mike Flynn’s case.”
Rosenstein even threatened House Intelligence Committee staffers, Rep. Jordan said, citing a Fox News report:
“We know Rod Rosenstein threatened staff members on the House Intelligence Committee when they were trying to do their job.”
Back in June, Fox News reported Rosenstsein making "personal attacks," threating staffers seeking to obtain the requested documents:
“Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein threatened to 'subpoena' emails, phone records and other documents from lawmakers and staff on a Republican-led House committee during a tense meeting earlier this year, according to emails reviewed by Fox News documenting the encounter and reflecting what aides described as a ‘personal attack.’”