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Meadows, Ohio Rep. Jim Jordan and the other Republicans who introduced the resolution have criticized Rosenstein and Justice Department officials as not being responsive enough as House committees have demanded documents related to the Russian Federation investigation's inception and a now-closed investigation into Democrat Hillary Clinton's emails. Last month, Rosenstein and Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, had a particularly heated exchange as the lawmaker and others grilled the deputy attorney general during a hearing about the FBI and Justice Department's handling of the Hillary Clinton email and Trump-Russia investigations.

Nevertheless, Republicans are heading home as the five-week recess begins without taking a vote on the resolution.

The impeachment articles come as evidence continues to mount regarding the Department of Justice's problematic decision-making during the 2016 campaign and conduct surrounding the transition to President Trump's administration in 2017.

Added Meadows: "With Attorney General Sessions' recusal, Rod Rosenstein has been in charge of the Department of Justice as the agency has made every effort to obstruct legitimate attempts of Congressional oversight".

It is also expected to force key Republican leaders to choose sides after many of them have sought to distance themselves from the controversial President's moves to protect himself.

Instead, because Speaker Paul Ryan, the zombie-eyed granny starver from the state of Wisconsin, largely has taken leave of a job he wasn't doing anyway, we actually have to deal with a piece of legislation that is merely a thinly camouflaged direct-mail appeal. Ahead of a meeting with Republican House members earlier Wednesday, a DOJ official insisted that they have largely complied with the subpoenas, and are working on finding accommodations for the information and documents that still need to be turned over.

"Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein is a professional and a man of integrity", Scott said.

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A group of 11 House conservatives on Wednesday introduced articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the Justice Department official who oversees special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation investigation. Rosenstein has overseen the Russia investigation since a year ago, when Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the probe following reports of his meeting with the Russian ambassador.

But Republicans apparently fear what the investigation will find out about Trump, so they have used their subpoena powers to find ammunition to use against the probe.

The whole impeachment effort is absurd on its face.

The impeachment resolution was formally introduced after a meeting Wednesday between senior Justice Department officials and Goodlatte, Gowdy, Meadows and Jordan, which Rosenstein did not attend.

"The DOJ is keeping information from Congress", Jordan said. He and other House and Senate Republicans say they see no enthusiasm for taking definitive action against the No. 2 official at the Justice Department - either now or nearer to the November election.

Lawmakers voted 226-183, along party lines, to pass the resolution, which Meadows introduced.

So far, the special counsel has charged 32 people and three companies. Jody Hice of Georgia, Jeff Duncan of South Carolina, Andy Biggs of Arizona, Louie Gohmert of Texas, Matt Gaetz of Florida, Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee, Paul Gosar of Arizona, Bill Posey of Florida and Scott Perry of Pennsylvania.

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