Rep. Gaetz: Too Many Republicans 'Low Energy' on Providing Oversight of Rosenstein, DOJ
Florida Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz said some of his fellow Republicans are "low energy" when it comes to enforcing congressional oversight, including when it comes to actions by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
Gaetz, of Fort Walton Beach, told Bill Hemmer that just prior to the Capitol Hill recess, members of his Freedom Caucus floated filing articles of impeachment relating to alleged obstruction by Rosenstein.
The caucus later backed down for the time being, with Chairman Mark Meadows of North Carolina telling reporters the articles had been tabled and that he may pursue contempt charges when lawmakers return to Washington.
Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said lawmakers should not be "cavalier with the process or the term" impeachment and added that none of Rosenstein's actions appear to reach the threshold of "high crimes and misdemeanors."
Gaetz said that if Rosenstein does not provide the witnesses and documents he and Meadows are asking for by the end of the recess period, the caucus will seek a vote on some sort of punishment for Rosenstein.
Hemmer asked if such hardball actions could result in less cooperation from the Department of Justice in the future.
"It's hard to imagine we could get less cooperation," Gaetz said.
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