Republican Congressman Jim Jordan and some of his Republican colleagues want to know what is going on behind the scenes in the often-secretive Special Counsel investigation led by Robert Mueller. They are so committed to getting answers and information that they have officially filed articles of impeachment against Justice Department Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
During a radio interview which aired on Sunday, Jordan said an actual vote to impeach Rosenstein would make it to the House of Representatives floor.
“If they don’t give us the documents, if they don’t give us information that we as a separate and equal branch of government are entitled to have in order to get answers for the American people, then we will actually call the vote for the impeachment of Rod Rosenstein,” Jordan said, per Washington Examiner.
The Hill reports Jordan claimed lawmakers “have caught the Department of Justice trying to hide information from us, redacting stuff in documents that they should not have redacted.”
“The House has a constitutional duty to do oversight if the executive branch isn’t going to do that,” the Republican continued. “People should be held in contempt, people should be impeached.”
“That’s why if they don’t give us the information, Mr. Meadows and myself and others are going to force an impeachment vote at some point.”
The effort to impeach the deputy attorney general started on Wednesday evening when Jordan, alongside Congressman Mark Meadows, officially filed articles of impeachment.
The impeachment articles say Rosenstein intentionally withheld documents and information from Congress, failed to comply with congressional subpoenas and abused the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA), Fox News reports.
House Speaker Paul Ryan has said he opposes the impeachment effort, but Jordan is looking to work around his party’s leadership. Per Washington Examiner:
A group of high-profile House Republicans have clashed with Justice Department and FBI officials in recent months as they pursue documents covering the Russia probe — including the FBI’s use of informants to make contact with the 2016 Trump campaign and speculation it had abused Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act powers to gather information on Trump associates — and its examination of Hillary Clinton’s private email server.
Tensions culminated with House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-Calif., demanding the DOJ and the FBI provide the materials or be subject to “obstruction.” The House then passed a resolution demanding the agencies hand over sensitive documents sought by Nunes, House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., and House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C.
Jordan, who on Thursday officially launched his bid to replace Ryan as House speaker, said that a Republican-controlled House under his leadership would make a more concerted effort to keep campaign promises made by GOP candidates in the lead-up to the 2018 midterm elections.
Conservative Review reports Jordan wants the legislative body to be more aligned with the activities of the Trump administration, including tax cuts and regulatory reform.
“Repeal Obamacare, reform welfare, build the border security wall, fix our immigration system, and control spending — we haven’t done that,” Jordan said during an interview “Fox & Friends.”
“I think this is real simple,” he continued, per the report. “We make the job of being a member of Congress way too difficult. It’s really basic. What did you tell the voters you were going to do? Let’s do that.”
And, “Right now, there’s just a handful of people at the top who make all the decisions, and that’s not fair to the 435 members of the Congress, not fair to the 240 members of the Republican conference.”
“We all represent three-quarters of a million people, and when you’ve got a couple people at the top making all the decisions … that is not how the place is supposed to work.”