Key conservative: Republicans should focus on Sessions, not Rosenstein

A key conservative leader in the House says Republicans need to keep pressure on Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsAmash: Some of Trump's actions 'were inherently corrupt' 'Persuadable' voters are key to the 2020 election — and the non-screaming news industry Jeffrey Rosen officially sworn in as deputy attorney general MORE instead of “redirecting” it at Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinJake Tapper fact-checks poster Trump admin created describing Mueller investigation Jeffrey Rosen officially sworn in as deputy attorney general Democrats talk subpoena for Mueller MORE with a resolution to impeach him.


“Many of the Republicans, our focus has been more frustrated with the attorney general rather than it has been Rosenstein," Republican Study Committee (RSC) Chairman Rep. Mark WalkerBradley (Mark) Mark WalkerThe Hill's Morning Report — After contentious week, Trump heads for Japan NCAA to consider allowing student athletes to profit off their name, image and likeness Members spar over sexual harassment training deadline MORE (R-N.C.) told reporters Thursday afternoon.
 
"I want to make sure that we are not redirecting that either. We want Mr. Sessions to continue to get beyond a little bit of the timidity and move forward,” Walker added.
 
Rep. Mark MeadowsMark Randall MeadowsHillicon Valley: Lawmakers seek 'time out' on facial recognition tech | DHS asks cybersecurity staff to volunteer for border help | Judge rules Qualcomm broke antitrust law | Bill calls for 5G national security strategy Lawmakers call for 'time out' on facial recognition tech DeVos family of Michigan ends support for Amash MORE (R-N.C.), the chairman of the far-right Freedom Caucus, joined a handful of members late Wednesday in introducing a resolution to impeach Rosenstein, the No. 2 Justice Department official who is also overseeing special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerGraham: Mueller investigation a 'political rectal exam' House progressive: Pelosi 'has it right' on impeachment Democrats talk subpoena for Mueller MORE's Russia investigation.
 
Meadows indicated Thursday that he is tabling efforts to impeach Rosenstein and will instead pursue charges of contempt of Congress for the senior Justice Department official unless the DOJ turns over documents that congressional committees are seeking.

But Walker, a member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said he’s taking his cues on Rosenstein from members of the GOP leadership, including Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob GoodlatteRobert (Bob) William GoodlatteTop Republican releases full transcript of Bruce Ohr interview It’s time for Congress to pass an anti-cruelty statute DOJ opinion will help protect kids from dangers of online gambling MORE, Oversight Committee Chairman Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyHouse Dem calls on lawmakers to 'insulate' election process following Mueller report Democrats put harassment allegations against Trump on back burner Democrats seize on Mueller-Barr friction MORE (R-S.C.) and former prosecutor Rep. John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeMueller mystery: Will he ever testify to Congress? GOP ready to step up spying case Grand jury material becomes key battle-line in Mueller report fight MORE (R-Texas), noting that they “have experience” dealing with Justice Department. 

“For example, John Ratcliffe is the only member of Congress that has any experience with the FISA warrant, so I yield to their expertise but I don't want to do anything premature,” Walker said, adding that the more than monthlong August recess will be key to get the remaining documents. 

"I think we've got about 85 percent of them,” Walker said, emphasizing that “if the president wants to declassify these documents, he can.”
 
–Molly Hooper