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 SessionsDOJ should take action against China's Twitter propaganda Lewandowski says he's 'happy' to testify before House panel The Hill's Morning Report — Trump and the new Israel-'squad' controversy MORE instead of “redirecting” it at Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinWhy the presumption of innocence doesn't apply to Trump McCabe sues FBI, DOJ, blames Trump for his firing Rosenstein: Trump should focus on preventing people from 'becoming violent white supremacists' 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 WalkerOn The Money: House passes sweeping budget, debt limit deal | Dem court filing defends powers to get Trump's NY tax returns | Debt collectors to pay M to settle consumer bureau charges House passes sweeping budget, debt limit deal Romney to vote against budget deal: Agreement 'perpetuates fiscal recklessness' 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 GoodlatteImmigrant advocacy groups shouldn't be opposing Trump's raids Top Republican releases full transcript of Bruce Ohr interview It’s time for Congress to pass an anti-cruelty statute MORE, Oversight Committee Chairman Trey GowdyHarold (Trey) Watson GowdyRising star Ratcliffe faces battle to become Trump's intel chief Cummings announces expansion of Oversight panel's White House personal email probe, citing stonewalling Pelosi says it's up to GOP to address sexual assault allegation against Trump MORE (R-S.C.) and former prosecutor Rep. John RatcliffeJohn Lee RatcliffePresident Trump is right: Mainstream media 'do a very good job' New intel chief inherits host of challenges Hoekstra emerges as favorite for top intelligence post 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