On Wednesday, 11 House Republicans, including Mark Meadows of North Carolina and Jim Jordan of Ohio, introduced articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Rosenstein is currently tasked with overseeing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 Presidential election and President Donald Trump’s campaign, which is being led by special counsel Robert Mueller.
Both Meadows and Jordan have been vocal allies of Trump, including supporting the president’s criticism of the Justice Department.
They claim that Rosenstein has not been appropriately responsive to requests for documents that relate to the Russia investigation or the closed investigation into Hillary Clinton’s emails.
“The DOJ is keeping information from Congress,” said Jordan in a statement, according to a report by the Daily Mail. “Enough is enough.”
“It’s time to hold Mr. Rosenstein accountable for blocking Congress’s constitutional oversight role.”
Meadows claims Rosenstein has “made every effort to obstruct legitimate attempts of congressional oversight” since he assumed control of the Department of Justice.
“It’s time to find a new deputy attorney general who is serious about accountability and transparency,” Meadows added.
Along with Jordan and Meadows, Andy Biggs and Paul Gosar of Arizona, Scott Perry of Pennsylvania, Jody Hice of Georgia, Matt Gaetz of Florida, and Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee have all signed the articles as cosponsors.
The articles were not filed as a “privileged resolution,” which would have required the legislation to be considered within two legislative days.
California Rep Adam Schiff responded to the filing, stating that the articles were “filed in bad faith and show extraordinary lengths to which House Republicans will go to protect Trump.”
“History will record these Members as willing accomplices in the most serious threat to the rule of law in a generation.”
It is not known if there will be an immediate vote on impeachment.