Paul Ryan pushes back on conservatives, saying he does not support impeaching Rosenstein

Paul Ryan pushes back on conservatives, saying he does not support impeaching Rosenstein
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Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPaul Ryan researched narcissistic personality disorder after Trump win: book Paul Ryan says it's 'really clear' Biden won election: 'It was not rigged. It was not stolen' Democrats fret over Trump-district retirements ahead of midterms MORE (R-Wis.) on Thursday came out against the conservative push to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinWashington still needs more transparency House Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists The Hill's Morning Report - Biden-Putin meeting to dominate the week MORE, the top Justice Department official overseeing special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE's Russia investigation. 

"Do I support impeachment of Rod Rosenstein?" he asked during a press briefing at the Capitol. "No, I do not."

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"I don't think we should be cavalier with this process or this term [impeachment]," he said. "I don't think this rises to the level of high crimes and misdemeanors."

A group of 11 conservative House lawmakers, led by Rep. Jim JordanJames (Jim) Daniel JordanAllies see rising prospect of Trump 2024 White House bid Republican leaders misjudged Jan. 6 committee Watchdog group seeks ethics probe over McCarthy's Jan. 6 comments MORE (R-Ohio), the co-founder of the House Freedom Caucus, and Rep. Mark MeadowsMark MeadowsExecutive privilege fight poses hurdles for Trump Biden does not plan to shield Trump docs in Jan. 6 probe The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Alibaba - Democrats argue price before policy amid scramble MORE (R-N.C.), the group's current chairman, on Wednesday introduced articles of impeachment against Rosenstein. 

The articles of impeachment charge that Rosenstein has a conflict of interest in Mueller's probe and has failed to produce documents for ongoing congressional investigations into the FBI and Justice Department's conduct during the 2016 presidential race.

Meadows on Wednesday night threatened to force a vote on Rosenstein's impeachment by bringing it up as a "privileged" resolution, meaning the House must vote on it within two days. 

Ryan has not signed on in support of the resolution, but Meadows said it would not require his consent. 

Other top GOP lawmakers have voiced concerns about the push to impeach Rosenstein. 

Rep. Trey GowdyTrey GowdyTrey Gowdy sets goal of avoiding ideological echo chamber with Fox News show Fox News signs Trey Gowdy, Dan Bongino for new shows Pompeo rebukes Biden's new foreign policy MORE (R-S.C.) last week  ruled out the possibility of impeaching Rosenstein, saying there is not enough support for his ouster, while Rep. Mark WalkerBradley (Mark) Mark WalkerJudge temporarily blocks Florida anti-riot law The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Biden to reboot COVID-19 plan NC Republican primary key test of Trump's sway MORE (R-N.C.), the chairman of the conservative Republican Study Committee, on Thursday  came out in opposition, telling reporters on Capitol Hill that he would vote against any effort to impeach Rosenstein.