House Speaker Paul Ryan said Thursday he doesn’t support the effort to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein by a group of conservative Republicans who filed articles of impeachment the previous night.
“Do I support impeachment of Rod Rosenstein? No, I do not,” Ryan told reporters at his weekly news conference. “I don’t think this rises to high crimes and misdemeanors; that’s a very high standard.”
The move by the conservatives, some of President Donald Trump’s most loyal allies in the House, is based on what they consider months of stonewalling of congressional demands for documents and other material about the investigation of Russian election-meddling and potential involvement by the president’s campaign.
Ryan of Wisconsin said, though, that the Justice Department has been complying with document requests.
If the House were to pass impeachment articles, “this would tie the Senate into knots” when members need to be acting on other matters, Ryan said.
Rosenstein has outlasted months of threats of impeachment or other punitive action, and some lawmakers are predicting he’s in the clear at least for now.
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