Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) on Tuesday asserted in a congressional hearing that Republicans have a plan to oust Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein “on Friday” of this week.
During a hearing about the Department of Justice Inspector General’s report on the FBI bias during the 2016 campaign, Lee interrupted a line of questioning from Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio.
“Is it not appropriate to ask the question as to what is the germaneness of the gentleman’s line of questioning and whether or not we’re dealing with the report or we’re dealing with the Republicans’ attempt to undermine [the Russia investigation] and to fire Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein, which you are planning to do on Friday?” Lee asked.
Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-SC) quickly shut down Lee by remarking that she had not stated a parliamentary inquiry.
Lee was likely referring to reports that House Speaker Paul Ryan and other ranking Republicans have demanded that Rosenstein comply with a subpoena to turn over records from investigations into Clinton’s email and Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.
House GOP chairmen and Ryan demanding Rosenstein fully comply with Goodlatte's March subpoena for records on Clinton probe, Clinton Foundation, firing of McCabe and FISA docs on Carter Page and Trump associates in Russia inquiry, I'm told. Rosenstein given til Friday to comply
— Manu Raju (@mkraju) June 18, 2018
Republicans in Congress, however, do not have the power to fire Rosenstein. According to Justice Department rules, the president would have to ask Attorney General Jeff Sessions to fire the deputy attorney general. Trump would have the right to fire Sessions if he refused the order.
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Fiona Hill and David Holmes testify Burisma was ‘code for the Bidens’ in the Trump administration
Fiona Hill, a former national security official, and diplomat David Holmes testified on Thursday that Trump administration operating in Ukraine knew that President Donald Trump viewed Burisma as "code" for former Vice President Joe Biden and his son, who sat on the company's board.
At a House impeachment hearing, Democratic counsel Daniel Goldman asked the two witnesses about a connection between calls from the White House for Ukraine to investigate Burisma and the Bidens.
"Was it apparent to you that when President Trump or anyone else was pushing for an investigation into Burisma, that the reason they wanted that investigation related to what President Trump said here, the Bidens?" Goldman asked.
Fiona Hill blasts Rudy Giuliani for blurting out ‘incendiary remarks’ on TV that came ‘back to haunt us’
Former National Security Council official Dr. Fiona Hill testified to Congress Thursday that what Rudy Giuliani was doing in Ukraine was dangerous to the United States and that she knew there would be consequences.
Staff counsel Daniel Goldman asked about who was involved in the conspiracy theories surrounding Ukraine. He asked about what John Bolton was saying about Giuliani and his "interest" in Ukraine.
"It was part of a conversation about the things that Mr. Giuliani was saying quite frequently in public," Dr. Hill said. "We saw them often or saw him often on television making these statements and I had also already brought to Ambassador Bolton's attention, the attacks, smear campaign against Ambassador [Marie] Yovanovitch and expressed great regret about how this was unfolding and, in fact, the shameful way in which Ambassador Yovanovitch was being smeared and attacked and I asked if there was anything we could do about it."
David Holmes explains how Trump’s conspiracy theory on Ukraine serves Putin’s interests
House impeachment witnesses Fiona Hill and David Holmes explained what Russia's president Vladimir Putin gained from Republican conspiracy theories blaming Ukraine for 2016 election interference.
President Donald Trump asked Ukraine's president to investigate those claims, which are disputed by U.S. intelligence services, in addition to announcing a probe of Democratic rival Joe Biden -- and the two impeachment witnesses explained how that helped Putin.
"First of all, to deflect from the allegations of Russian interference," testified Holmes, who served three years in the U.S. embassy in Moscow. "Second of all, to drive a wedge between the United States and Ukraine, which Russia wants to essentially get back into its atmosphere of influence. Thirdly, to besmirch Ukraine and is leadership and degrade and erode support for Ukraine from other key partners in Europe and elsewhere."