Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein could soon be held in contempt of Congress or even impeached if he fails to produce Russia- and Clinton-related records to Congress, a top Republican lawmaker said Saturday.
“I think that if he does not turn over the documents, that there are a growing number of us on Capitol Hill who believe that someone else needs to do the job. And what happens there is, constitutionally, we have some things that we can do,” North Carolina GOP Rep. Mark Meadows said to Fox News’ Jeanine Pirro in a Saturday night interview.
Meadows was responding to the Justice Department and FBI’s failure to meet Thursday’s deadline to turn over 1.2 million documents related to surveillance warrants granted against President Donald Trump’s former campaign adviser, Carter Page, the Hillary Clinton e-mail probe, and the FBI’s internal report recommending the firing of former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe.
Virginia GOP Rep. and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte subpoenaed the documents on March 22. The agencies missed the April 5 deadline to produce the records, Meadows told Pirro.
Trump sounded off on the matter on Saturday.
“What does the Department of Justice and FBI have to hide?” He asked in a tweet.
“Slow walking — what is going on? BAD!” He continued.
In his interview, Meadows identified Trump appointee Rosenstein as the main roadblock in producing the records. Rosenstein is acting attorney general for the Russia investigation because of Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ recusal from the matter.
“We have to have someone willing to do the job. If the deputy attorney general is not willing to do it and not willing to allow us to have our constitutional oversight authority supported, then we’ll find someone who can,” House Freedom Caucus Chair Meadows said.
“If they don’t [provide the documents], how do you get rid of Rosenstein?” Pirro asked the Republican.
“The first area is really contempt of Congress,” Meadows replied. “One of the things we have as a tool in our toolbox is impeachment.”