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‘Highly Capable’: Sessions Defends Rosenstein Against Impeachment Effort

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Chuck Ross Investigative Reporter

Attorney General Jeff Sessions expressed his “highest confidence” Thursday in his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, the target of an impeachment push by conservative House Republicans.

“My deputy, Rod Rosenstein, is highly capable. I have the highest confidence in him,” Sessions said at a press conference.

Members of the House Freedom Caucus introduced a bill Wednesday to impeach Rosenstein over his handling of congressional requests for documents related to the FBI investigation into possible collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign and the Russian government. (RELATED: GOP Lawmakers Introduce Articles Of Impeachment Against Rod Rosenstein)

The motion accuses Rosenstein of withholding “embarrassing” information and failing to respond to subpoenas for documents related to the investigation.

House Republicans have for months battled the Department of Justice over the production of documents related to the infamous Steele dossier, which the FBI used to obtain surveillance warrants against former Trump campaign adviser Carter Page.

Rosenstein is handling the Russia investigation because Sessions recused himself from the matter in March 2017. Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to serve as special counsel on May 17, 2017, a week after Trump fired James Comey as head of the bureau. (RELATED: Jordan, Meadows Explain Impeachment Motion Against Rosenstein)

Trump has publicly blasted Sessions for recusing himself.

“What I would like Congress to do is to focus on some of the legal challenges that are out there. We need Congress to deal with the immigration question,” Sessions told reporters.

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