House Democrats have been talking about impeachment since early-2017.
Former Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid recently warned Democrats they risk alienating voters in 2018 by threatening to impeach Trump.
Now a handful of Republicans have drafted articles of impeachment and their target is furious!
Members of the House Freedom Caucus have drafted articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Rosenstein was furious, comparing the effort to an extortion attempt.
The Washington Times reports:
“There have been people who have been making threats privately and publicly against me for quite sometime and I think they should understand the Department of Justice is not going to be extorted,” he said speaking at The Newseum’s Law Day event. “We are going to do what is required by the rule of law and any kind of threats anybody makes are not going to affect the way we do our job.”
The House Freedom Caucus, which is chaired by Rep. Mark Meadows, North Carolina Republican, have drafted eight articles of impeachment against Mr. Rosenstein, multiple media outlets reported late Monday.
Those drafts reportedly accuse Mr. Rosenstein of abusing his authority when he renewed a Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) warrant on Trump campaign aide Carter Page ahead of the 2016 presidential campaign.
The impeachment draft states that Mr. Rosenstein “failed to enforce multiple laws” including “improper authorization of searches and electronic surveillance” under FISA and failing to act on behalf of the Attorney General by “failing to demonstrate probable cause to believe the targets of surveillance were a foreign power or agents of a foreign power.”
The Members of Congress responsible for the articles call the effort a last resort.
But the effort is definitely seen as a shot across the bow within the Department of Justice.
What do you think?
Should Republicans impeach Rosenstein if the DOJ continues refusing to cooperate with their investigation into possible abuses of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act?
Let us know your thoughts in the comments.