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 Jay RosensteinTrump attack on Sessions may point to his departure Hill.TV INTERVIEW EXCLUSIVE: Trump eviscerates Sessions: ‘I don’t have an attorney general’ Dem lawmakers slam Trump’s declassification of Russia documents as ‘brazen abuse of power’ 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 NunesRussia probe accelerates political prospects for House Intel Dems Nunes: Russia probe documents should be released before election Gowdy: House Intel panel should release all transcripts from Russia probe MORE (R-Calif.). She said that impeaching Rosenstein would only complicate the confirmation process for President TrumpDonald John TrumpLondon terror suspect’s children told authorities he complained about Trump: inquiry The Memo: Tide turns on Kavanaugh Trump to nominate retiring lawmaker as head of trade agency 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 Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE's probe into Russia's election interference and the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonHillicon Valley: Trump's exclusive interview with Hill.TV | Trump, intel officials clash over Russia docs | EU investigating Amazon | Military gets new cyber authority | Flynn sentencing sparks new questions about Mueller probe READ: President Trump’s exclusive interview with Hill.TV Keeping up with Michael Avenatti 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