Speaker Ryan Opposes Impeaching Rosenstein, Prefers 'Having the Kinds of Dialogues We've Been Having'

By Craig Bannister | July 26, 2018 | 12:55pm EDT
House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (L) (Screenshot)

The House should not impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein “for a number of reasons,” House Speaker Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) said Thursday.

In his weekly press conference, Ryan laid out his case against fellow Republicans’ resolution calling for impeachment of Rosenstein, who has repeatedly failed to hand over documents related to his oversight of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russian collusion investigation attempting to implicate President Donald Trump.

Ryan said he believes impeachment is too drastic and that Department of Justice (DOJ) has begun to partially comply with the document requests.

Also, if the Senate had to deal with Rosenstein’s impeachment, Republicans’ agenda items would be either derailed or greatly hampered, Rep. Ryan warned:

“If this were to pass through the House, then, what it would do, is it would tie the Senate into knots.

“What does mean to us, practically speaking? That means it would derail, or largely delay, a big part of our agenda: our appropriations bills, our infrastructure bills – and it would clearly dramatically delay the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to go to the Supreme Court, which we expect to get done by October first, when the Supreme Court reconvenes.”

Instead of impeaching Rosenstein for refusing to comply with the document request, Congress should simply continue to have “dialogues” with the DOJ, Speaker Ryan concluded:

“So, for many reasons, I don’t think it’s the right way to go. But, we do expect compliance. We want to make sure that we get compliance. And, we look at all the various tools we have available – including having the kinds of dialogues we’ve been having lately to get compliance from DOJ.”

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