Articles of impeachment were filed late Wednesday against U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein by U.S. Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Urbana, and another House conservative, according to Politico.
Jordan was joined by U.S. Rep. Mark Meadows, R-North Carolina, who heads the House Freedom Caucus. Both are leaders of the conservative group.
They want to force out Rosenstein, who supervises the Russia investigation led by Special Counsel Robert Mueller.
Conservatives have threatened to impeach Rosenstein over how he has responded demands for documents, complaints the Justice Department have rejected, according to Politico.
In May Fred Wertheimer, president of the government ethics group, Democracy 21 in Washington, said Jordan, Meadows and President Donald Trump are “colluding to obstruct and potentially give” the White House control of Mueller’s investigation of whether Trump or his aides were involved in Russian meddling in Trump’s 2016 campaign against Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton.
At the time Melika Willoughby, a Jordan spokeswoman, said Jordan believes Rosenstein’s “actions undermine the constitutional authority of the legislative branch.
He has slow walked the release of documents, stonewalled congressional oversight efforts, and ignored the requirements of a congressional subpoena.”
Jordan has recently been dogged by controversy related to his time as an assistant wrestling coach at Ohio State University.
Former wrestlers say Jordan knew about but failed to report complaints of sexual misconduct by team doctor, the late Dr. Richard Strauss, who is being investigated by Ohio State.
Jordan denies knowledge of the abuse.