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Sean Hannity blasted Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein for criticizing conservative lawmakers and claiming the Justice Department is effectively being "extorted."

"They can't even resist leaking their own drafts," Rosenstein said at a recent forum, referring to the publication of potential articles of impeachment against the former Maryland U.S. attorney.

Rosenstein added that there are "people who have been making threats privately and publicly against me."

He said those people must understand that "the Department of Justice is not going to be extorted."

Hannity said the House Freedom Caucus is right to prepare for any necessary consequences if Rosenstein continues an "extremely slow release [of documents] or flat out obstruction" of the will of Congress.

He said the Justice Department must fully answer Congress' demands to clarify important parts of the Clinton email, FISA abuse and Trump-Russia investigations.

"Rosenstein trashed Congress," Hannity said, adding that lawmakers are simply doing their "Constitutional duty."

Freedom Caucus Chairman Mark Meadows of North Carolina also responded to Rosenstein, saying that "if he believes being asked to do his job is ‘extortion,’ then Rod Rosenstein should step aside and allow us to find a new Deputy Attorney General."


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