Intel Dem: ‘Sickening’ to hear GOP drafting articles of impeachment against Rosenstein

Rep. Eric SwalwellEric Michael SwalwellDem on Putin coming to US: 'You don't invite the burglar to dinner' Intel Dem: Trump sending McFaul to Russia could be grounds for impeachment Former top Dem: Not every candidate should run on impeaching Trump MORE (D-Calif.) said on Monday that it makes him sick to hear Republican lawmakers have begun drafting a resolution calling to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinRosenstein warns of growing cyber threat from Russia, other foreign actors Opinion: One FBI text message in Russia probe that should alarm every American Rand Paul blocks Sanders's Russia resolution, calls it 'crazy hatred' against Trump MORE.

“It's sickening to hear that ... there are no limits, or no length, that they are not willing to go to just torch the Department of Justice,” Swalwell, a member of the House Intelligence Committee, told CNN.

The impeachment documents, which have been spearheaded by Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsFreedom Caucus lawmakers call on DOJ to probe Rosenstein allegations House GOP questions FBI lawyer for second day Five GOP lawmakers mulling bid to lead conservative caucus MORE (R-N.C.) and other conservatives, make a number of charges against Rosenstein, the top Justice Department official overseeing special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.


The charges include allegations that Rosenstein stalled in producing documents about congressional investigations into government misconduct, violated federal law when he refused to comply with a congressional subpoena concerning Congress’s efforts to get documents about the FBI’s surveillance during the 2016 election and failed to enforce laws and protocols.

“Voters will have their own say at the ballot box this November and I don’t think they’re going to look too kindly on people who think their job is to protect the president rather than to protect our democracy,” Swalwell said of the GOP’s efforts against Rosenstein.

Rosenstein became a popular target for Republicans trying to discredit Mueller’s investigation after Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsRosenstein warns of growing cyber threat from Russia, other foreign actors Key GOP lawmaker throws cold water on Rosenstein impeachment With new immigration policy, Trump administration gutting the right to asylum MORE recused himself from overseeing the investigation.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL freezes policy barring players from protesting during anthem McConnell spokesman on Putin visit: 'There is no invitation from Congress' Petition urges University of Virginia not to hire Marc Short MORE has called Mueller’s investigation a “witch hunt” and repeatedly denied there was collusion between Russia and his campaign.

At the moment, there is no sign that Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanDems unveil slate of measures to ratchet up pressure on Russia National Dems make play in Ohio special election Trump vows to hold second meeting with Putin MORE (R-Wis.) and other House leaders will act on the measure against Rosenstein.