Conservative editor: House GOP should not try to impeach Rosenstein

Conservative editor Katie Frates said on Thursday that a move from House Republicans to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinGraham requests interviews with DOJ, FBI officials as part of probe into Russia investigation DOJ won't charge former FBI Deputy Director McCabe Rosenstein says he authorized release of Strzok-Page texts MORE would only hinder Republicans from moving their agenda forward. 

"I don't think they should try to impeach him at all," Frates, who is the editor-in-chief of The Daily Walkthrough and managing editor of Olympic Media, told Hill.TV's Buck Sexton and Krystal Ball on "Rising." "I think that's a really bad idea. I'm not sure how that helps forward the agenda." 

Frates was responding to recent comments from House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin NunesDevin Gerald NunesTrump to attend California fundraiser with Oracle chairman House Republicans boycott public Intelligence panel hearing Sunday shows preview: Top tier 2020 Democrats make their case before New Hampshire primary MORE (R-Calif.). She said that impeaching Rosenstein would only complicate the confirmation process for President TrumpDonald John TrumpRussian sanctions will boomerang States, cities rethink tax incentives after Amazon HQ2 backlash A Presidents Day perspective on the nature of a free press MORE's Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. 

"Getting a conservative on the Supreme Court for the next however many decades takes priority over an impeachment, and that's how it should be. So in that sense, I'm glad that they have their priorities straight," Frates said. 

Tensions between House Republicans and Rosenstein have risen recently, with Republicans introducing articles of impeachment against the deputy attorney general last month. 

The lawmakers have demanded that Rosenstein hand over Justice Department documents connected to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerCNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump CNN anchor rips Trump over Stone while evoking Clinton-Lynch tarmac meeting The Hill's 12:30 Report: New Hampshire fallout MORE's probe into Russia's election interference and the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonThe Democratic demolition derby Juan Williams: Don't count Biden out Candidates in Obama's orbit fail to capitalize on personal ties MORE's private email server. 

They also say that Rosenstein has a conflict of interest through overseeing Mueller's probe. 

House Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) has since backed off the threat of impeachment, but said he will look to hold Rosenstein in contempt if he does not hand over the documents. 

— Julia Manchester