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 RosensteinDems seize on Times bombshell to push allegations of Trump obstruction Trump calls Andrew McCabe a 'poor man's J. Edgar Hoover' CNN: DOJ preparing to announce end of Mueller probe as soon as next week 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 NunesThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Kidney Care Partners — Lawmakers scramble as shutdown deadline nears ‘Fox & Friends’ host asks if McCabe opening FBI probe into Trump was attempt to ‘overthrow government’ Nunes says GOP lawmakers looking through Russia transcripts, will make DOJ referrals MORE (R-Calif.). She said that impeaching Rosenstein would only complicate the confirmation process for President TrumpDonald John TrumpJustice Department preparing for Mueller report as soon as next week: reports Smollett lawyers declare 'Empire' star innocent Pelosi asks members to support resolution against emergency declaration 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 ClintonFBI’s top lawyer believed Hillary Clinton should face charges, but was talked out of it Harris adds key Clinton aide, women of color to 2020 campaign: report Democrats more likely Trump's foil, than to foil Trump 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