Beleaguered right-wing Congressman Jim Jordan of Ohio asserted once again on Sunday that he and Freedom Caucus chairman Mark Meadows of North Carolina will soon force a vote on a House resolution seeking the impeachment of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
According to the belligerent and aggressive Jordan, who wants to be Speaker of the House, he will continue impeachment proceedings on the House floor very soon if Rosenstein and the Department of Justice (DOJ) don’t turn over to Congress documents that they have requested.
In an interview on radio station AM 970 in New York City, Jordan said:
“If they don’t give us the information that we, as a separate and equal branch of government are entitled to have in order to get answers for the American people, then we will actually call to vote for the impeachment of Rod Rosenstein.”
Jordan and Meadows lead the conservative Freedom Caucus group and on Wednesday they filed articles of impeachment against Rosenstein due to his failure to comply with their request for documents.
In his interview Sunday Jordan made the bogus claim that his congressional committee “caught the Department of Justice trying to hide information from us, redacting stuff in documents that they should not have redacted.”
He then went on to say:
“The House has a constitutional duty to do oversight if the executive branch isn’t going to do that. People should be held in contempt, people should be impeached. That’s why if they don’t give us the information, Mr. Meadows and myself and others are going to force an impeachment vote at some point.”
Whether this will ever happen remains to be seen. After talking to other GOP leaders, such as Paul Ryan, who oppose Rosenstein’s impeachment, Meadows backed off on the impeachment effort last week. Almost everyone believes that such an effort will not be successful if continued, and it is a waste of time and resources.
Several days ago, after news of the Rosenstein impeachment first surfaced, Democratic House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi tweeted:
“We see through this. A reason why Republican leaders may have moved to impeach Rod Rosenstein — aside of the fact that they are covering up for Trump — is because Jim Jordan wants to deflect attention away from the OSU investigation.”
We see through this. A reason why Republican leaders may have moved to impeach Rod Rosenstein — aside of the fact that they are covering up for Trump — is because Jim Jordan wants to deflect attention away from the OSU investigation.
— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) July 26, 2018
Once again, Nancy Pelosi got it right. There is no valid constitutional or other legal grounds to impeach Rod Rosenstein, who is doing an impeccable job.
Jim Jordan is facing multiple lawsuits from former Ohio State athletes who said he knew about sex abuse on campus but turned a blind eye and did nothing to help the dozens of victims who were abused while he was an assistant wrestling coach.
He would be better served if he dealt with his legal problems instead of making up false claims against an heroic public servant which waste taxpayer money and serve no good purpose whatsoever.
I am a lifelong Democrat with a passion for social justice and progressive issues. I have degrees in writing, economics and law from the University of Iowa.