Meadows leaves door open to impeachment vote on Rosenstein

A key GOP lawmaker spearheading the effort to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinRosenstein says he authorized release of Strzok-Page texts Journalist alleging Obama administration spied on her seeks to reopen case Rosenstein on his time in Trump administration: 'We got all the big issues right' MORE told Hill.TV he won’t force a vote on the matter before the August recess - but may force a vote in the future.
 
“We seem to have some consensus with the Speaker's office, with [House Judiciary Committee] Chairman [Robert] Goodlatte (R-Va.) and a number of us who feel like enough is enough, so I think we'll see real movement, no privilege resolution today,” said Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsSunday shows preview: Lawmakers prepare for week two of impeachment trial Meadows says Trump told him he didn't threaten senators on impeachment vote Impeachment trial to enter new phase with Trump defense MORE (R-N.C.).
 
Meadows, who introduced articles of impeachment against Rosenstein on Wednesday night, spoke with Hill.TV shortly after talking with key GOP leaders in a scrum on the House floor during the first series of votes on Thursday morning. 
 
On Thursday, he backed off the impeachment threat and said he would pursue contempt proceedings against Rosenstein instead - for now. Meadows and his fellow co-sponsors believe Rosenstein has failed to comply with document requests from Congress.
The Freedom Caucus Chairman said he had a “very good conversation with leadership,” adding that his fellow nine co-sponsors are “going to try to use one last ditch effort to try to give DOJ and the FBI the benefit of the doubt and hopefully they can comply with the document request.” 
 
 
“I’m kind of of the predisposition of Mr. Gowdy that if you’re going to offer Articles of Impeachment that the misdemeanor or high crime has to be clearly laid out,” House Intelligence Committee member Rep. Tom RooneyThomas (Tom) Joseph RooneyHouse Dem calls on lawmakers to 'insulate' election process following Mueller report Hill-HarrisX poll: 76 percent oppose Trump pardoning former campaign aides Dems fear Trump is looking at presidential pardons MORE (R-Fla.) told Hill.TV, noting that he “will look at” the impeachment resolution. 
 
Rep. Thomas MassieThomas Harold Massie2 Democrats say they voted against war powers resolution 'because it merely restated existing law' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Pelosi plans to send impeachment articles next week NY Times's Haberman: Trump 'surprised' Iranian strike wasn't 'more of a unifying event' MORE (R-Ky.), who joined the impeachment resolution effort Thursday morning, said whether or not the House votes on the resolution will be based largely on what lawmakers hear during the five-week August recess. 
 
“I think that’s going to be the topic of discussion throughout August at townhalls … pressure will build,” Massie predicted. “It really comes down to the chairman of the Judiciary Committee … there was a little conference on the floor just now, so we’ll see what comes of that.” 
- Molly K. Hooper