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Meadows leaves door open to impeachment vote on Rosenstein

A key GOP lawmaker spearheading the effort to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinHouse Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists The Hill's Morning Report - Biden-Putin meeting to dominate the week Media leaders to meet with Garland to discuss leak investigations 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 MeadowsThe Hill's Morning Report - Dems to go-it-alone on infrastructure as bipartisan plan falters Trump, allies pressured DOJ to back election claims, documents show Trump endorsement shakes up GOP Senate primary in NC 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.” 
 
Others in the GOP conference, including Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey GowdyTrey GowdyTrey Gowdy sets goal of avoiding ideological echo chamber with Fox News show Fox News signs Trey Gowdy, Dan Bongino for new shows Pompeo rebukes Biden's new foreign policy MORE (R-S.C.), are skeptical of the effort. 
 
“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 RooneyRepublican rips GOP lawmakers for voting by proxy from CPAC House Dem calls on lawmakers to 'insulate' election process following Mueller report Hill-HarrisX poll: 76 percent oppose Trump pardoning former campaign aides MORE (R-Fla.) told Hill.TV, noting that he “will look at” the impeachment resolution. 
 
Rep. Thomas MassieThomas Harold Massie14 Republicans vote against making Juneteenth a federal holiday Congress tiptoes back to normality post-pandemic 21 Republicans vote against awarding medals to police who defended Capitol 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