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 RosensteinDOJ kept investigators from completing probe of Trump ties to Russia: report Five takeaways from final Senate Intel Russia report FBI officials hid copies of Russia probe documents fearing Trump interference: book 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 NunesSunday shows preview: With less than two months to go, race for the White House heats up Sunday shows preview: Republicans gear up for national convention, USPS debate continues in Washington Sunday shows preview: White House, congressional Democrats unable to breach stalemate over coronavirus relief MORE (R-Calif.). She said that impeaching Rosenstein would only complicate the confirmation process for President TrumpDonald John TrumpHR McMaster says president's policy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is 'unwise' Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response 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) 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 ClintonHillicon Valley: FBI chief says Russia is trying to interfere in election to undermine Biden | Treasury Dept. sanctions Iranian government-backed hackers The Hill's Campaign Report: Arizona shifts towards Biden | Biden prepares for drive-in town hall | New Biden ad targets Latino voters FBI chief says Russia is trying to interfere in election to undermine Biden 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