Key GOP lawmaker throws cold water on Rosenstein impeachment

Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzElection Countdown: GOP worries House majority endangered by top of ticket | Dems make history in Tuesday's primaries | Parties fight for Puerto Rican vote in Florida | GOP lawmakers plan 'Freedom Tour' GOP leader wants Twitter CEO to testify on ‘shadow banning’ Here's why social media users need a ‘bill of rights’ MORE (R-Fla.) said on Wednesday that there were not enough Republican votes to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinFBI chief: I'm trying to bring 'normalcy' in 'turbulent times' Press needs to restore its credibility on FBI and Justice Department Mueller should indict Trump for obstruction before the midterms MORE — at least right now. 

"Today? No," Gaetz, who serves on the House Judiciary Committee, told Hill.TV's Buck Sexton and Krystal Ball on "Rising," in response to a question about whether there was enough support to impeach Rosenstein.

He added that he did not know whether leadership would allow a vote on impeachment. 

But Gaetz said there was reason to impeach Rosenstein, who a group of conservatives have targeted for not providing documents to Congress. Gaetz also criticized Rosenstein for redactions in documents that have been sent to Congress, and for inconsistent statements.

"There is a basis for that impeachment as a result of inconsistent statements that Rosenstein has given, unwillingness to produce documents, and then to me what's the most insidious thing is when they redact information that has no reason to be redacted from a national security standpoint," Gaetz said.

Rosenstein has been a target of Republicans critical of special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's probe into Russia's election meddling. 

The deputy attorney general has overseen the investigation since Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsSentencing reform deal heats up, pitting Trump against reliable allies Hill.TV poll: 41 percent of Americans want Mueller to wrap up probe before midterms The Hill's Morning Report: Dems have a majority in the Senate (this week) MORE recused himself last year. 

Republicans on the House Judiciary Committee grilled Rosenstein last month as he defended Mueller's probe, saying it was being carried out as quickly as possible.

— Julia Manchester