It seems there could be an impeachment during the Trump administration — but President Donald Trump is not the target.
Conservative lawmakers are reportedly preparing to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. In fact, House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows “had the impeachment document on the floor of the House at the very moment that Rosenstein spoke to reporters and TV cameras Friday,” Politico reported.
Rosenstein announced the indictment of 12 Russian military officers for conspiring to interfere with the 2016 presidential election.
So why do Republicans want Rosenstein impeached? They have accused the deputy attorney general of “slow-walking” their investigation into FBI agents who have displayed anti-Trump bias.
“Rosenstein, who has oversight over the FBI and of the Mueller investigation is where the buck stops,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) said. “Congress has been blocked today from conducting its constitutional oversight duty.”
The House Judiciary Committee grilled anti-Trump FBI agent Peter Strzok on Thursday over text messages he exchanged with former FBI attorney Lisa Page, with whom he was also having an affair.
The hearing's most contentious exchanges occurred between Strzok and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), a former prosecutor.
At one point, Gowdy sought to expose what he considered to be clear bias by asking Strzok if he remembered how long it took for him to start talking about impeaching Trump after Bob Mueller was appointed as special counsel.
"I don't, sir," Strzok responded.
"One day," Gowdy said.
The Republican later told the FBI agent, "I don’t give a damn what you appreciate, Agent Strzok. I don’t appreciate having an FBI agent with an unprecedented level of animus working on two major investigations during 2016."