The Republican House leadership has agreed to vote on a contempt resolution against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein if the Justice Department does not hand over requested documents related to the Russia investigation by the end of the August recess.
A vote on an impeachment resolution within two days of the beginning of the new session Sept. 4 remains an option, according to congressional sources. But a contempt resolution — which must go through the House Judiciary Committee — is the first choice.
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, a candidate for House speaker, said in an interview Sunday that he and Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., have not backed down from their vow to call for an impeachment vote if Rosenstein does not comply with the document request.
“The House has a constitutional duty to do oversight if the executive branch isn’t going to do that,” Jordan told radio host John Catsimatidis of WMYM-AM in New York on Sunday.
“People should be held in contempt, people should be impeached.”
The congressman said that if the documents are not turned over, he and Meadows and others “are going to force an impeachment vote at some point.”
Jordan’s communications director, Ian Fury, confirmed to WND on Monday that Jordan and Meadows are keeping impeachment on the table despite an apparent shift in strategy last week after the two lawmakers on Wednesday joined nine other Republicans in filing articles of impeachment.
Jordan and Meadows emphasize their objective is to obtain the documents, and any resolution would be unnecessary if the Justice Department complies.
In the interview Sunday, Jordan said he and his colleagues “have caught the Department of Justice trying to hide information from us, redacting stuff in documents that they should not have redacted.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan has said he opposes an impeachment resolution against Rosenstein, contending the accusations don’t rise to the level of “high crimes and misdemeanors,” as required by the Constitution.
“I don’t think we should be cavalier with this process,” he told reporters Thursday.
Paul Mirengoff of the popular Powerline blog, wrote that he’s “no fan” of the deputy attorney general but also doesn’t believe impeachment is warranted, asserting a better remedy would be to enforce the subpoena for documents in court. President Trump also could order Rosenstein to produce more material faster, he wrote.
Jordan responded Monday to the argument that impeachment is not warranted.
“The Department of Justice has ignored Congress’s letters requesting documents. They’ve ignored two subpoenas,” Jordan said in a statement issued to WND from his office.
“We’ve caught them hiding information through improper redactions. Rod Rosenstein has reportedly threatened House Intelligence Committee staffers for doing their constitutional oversight duty, and Rosenstein signed the third FISA renewal to spy on Carter Page, based on the disproven dossier.”