Conservative lawmakers in the House are preparing to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinGOP lawmaker: Accusations against Jim Jordan come from ‘deep state’ The Hill’s Morning Report — Trump denigrates NATO allies, floats 4 percent solution Rosenstein asks federal prosecutors for help in review of Kavanaugh documents: report MORE, Politico reported Friday.
Sources told the publication that conservatives have been preparing to have Rosenstein impeached for weeks over allegations that he’s held up their investigation into FBI agents who some lawmakers say are biased against President TrumpDonald John TrumpGiuliani: Trump interview with Mueller ‘further away’ ACLU calls for Trump officials to hand over info on immigrant children Kushner to join Pompeo for meetings with Mexican leaders MORE.
House Freedom Caucus leaders Reps. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsFormer OSU wrestler defends Jordan against allegations Dems call for release of Strzok interview transcript Freedom Caucus says it’s behind Jordan ‘100 percent’ MORE (R-N.C.) and Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel Jordan5 takeaways from wild hearing with controversial FBI agent Jordan, Strzok engage in fiery exchange over Trump-Russia dossier Pelosi: Jim Jordan ‘should have known’ about OSU abuse MORE (R-Ohio) are leading the effort, and the impeachment document could be filed as soon as Monday, according to Politico.
Ben Williamson, a spokesman for Meadows, declined to rule out if it would be filed next week, Politico reported.
The news comes the same day that Rosenstein announced charges against 12 Russian intelligence officials for allegedly hacking the Democratic National Committee.
Rosenstein has long been a target for Republicans who are frustrated over special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s probe into election meddling by Russia and possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign. He is overseeing the probe after Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsCNN political director: Strzok’s claim that Trump texts aren’t biased ‘flat wrong on its face’ Trump administration says it has completed reunifying migrant kids under 5 Trump implementing new policy to turn away more asylum seekers at border MORE recused himself from the Russia investigation, and some argue that he’s the only person with the legal authority to fire Mueller.
The deputy attorney general testified before the House Judiciary Committee in a tense hearing last month, with Republicans grilling him over the Mueller probe.
Speculation that Trump could fire Rosenstein increased in April after the FBI raided the home and office of Trump’s former personal lawyer Michael Cohen.
Trump later responded to news reports that he may fire Mueller or Rosenstein by noting that “they’re still here.”