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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 SessionsBeto O'Rourke on impeachment: 'There is enough there to proceed' Rosenstein to appear for House interview next week Emmet Flood steps in as White House counsel following McGahn departure MORE instead of “redirecting” it at Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod Jay RosensteinConservative rep slams Rosenstein's 'conflicts of interest' The Hill's Morning Report — Presented by the Coalition for Affordable Prescription Drugs — Trump, Obama head to swing states with Senate majority in balance Rosenstein to appear for House interview next week 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 WalkerDisasters become big chunk of U.S. deficit GOP lawmaker reports 'threatening' Twitter messages to police US and Canada working furiously to come to NAFTA agreement 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.
 
 
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 GoodlatteRosenstein to appear for House interview next week Fusion GPS co-founder pleads the Fifth following House GOP subpoena House Judiciary chairman threatens to subpoena Rosenstein MORE, Oversight Committee Chairman Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyRosenstein to appear for House interview next week House GOP sets deposition deadline for Fusion GPS co-founder Collusion bombshell: DNC lawyers met with FBI on Russia allegations before surveillance warrant MORE (R-S.C.) and former prosecutor Rep. John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffeHouse Judiciary chairman threatens to subpoena Rosenstein Senate passes key cyber bill cementing cybersecurity agency at DHS Hillicon Valley: Trump stuns with election interference claim against China | FCC limits fees for 5G | Uber reaches 8M settlement over breach | Fox sells Sky stake to Comcast | House passes bills to fix cyber vulnerabilities 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