GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy dismisses notion that some House conservatives want to impeach Rod Rosenstein

GOP Rep. Trey Gowdy dismisses notion that some House conservatives want to impeach Rod Rosenstein
House Oversight Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) appeared on "Face the Nation" Sunday and dismissed the idea that some House conservatives who want to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rostenstein. (Image source: YouTube screenshot)

House Oversight Committee chairman Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) on Sunday dismissed the idea that some House conservatives want to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Gowday was asked Sunday on CBS’s “Face the Nation,” if there is a “movement” in Congress that could lead to Rosenstein’s ousting.

What was he asked?

“Are you going to sign on to this effort to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein that House Republicans are talking about putting forward this week?” moderator Margaret Brennan asked.

“No. Impeach him for what?” Gowdy said.

“Inappropriate?” Brennan asked.

“I’ve had my differences with Rod Rosenstein,” Gowdy replied. “I talk to him quite often privately. Which, again, is a lot more constructive than the public hearings we have. He’s a Trump appointee. So is [Attorney General] Jeff Sessions. So is [FBI Director] Chris Wray. If President Trump is dissatisfied with Rod Rosenstein he can fire him with a tweet.”

He added that he is not convinced a movement to impeach Rosenstein is underway, although he read about it in Politico and “sometimes their sources are better than mine.”

Who is behind it?

House Freedom Caucus leaders Reps. Mark Meadows, (R-N.C.) and Jim Jordan, (R-Ohio), are reportedly behind a push to impeach Rosenstein, according to published reports. Their impeachment filing could even be submitted in the coming days.

The lawmakers believe Rosenstein was responsible for delaying a probe of FBI agents who they allege have displayed bias against President Donald Trump, according to reports.

On Friday, Rosenstein announced that 12 Russian officials were indicted on charges of hacking Democrats’ computers during the 2016 campaign.

He previously said he does not believe the official investigation into alleged Russian interference is a “witch hunt.” Gowdy is not seeking re-election this year because he is retiring from Congress.