STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Rosenstein clashes with GOP lawmaker

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein clashed with Rep Jim Jordan (R-OH) and accused the lawmaker of making personal attacks during questioning about congressional request for FBI document and Robert Mueller's investigation.

Posted: Jul 26, 2018 2:52 PM
Updated: Jul 26, 2018 3:04 PM

Attorney General Jeff Sessions defended Rod Rosenstein on Thursday, saying he has "the highest confidence" in him one day after House conservatives introduced a resolution to impeach the deputy attorney general overseeing the special counsel Russia investigation.

"My deputy Rod Rosenstein is highly capable. I have the highest confidence in him," Sessions said during a news conference in Boston when asked about the impeachment effort against Rosenstein.

On Wednesday, GOP Reps. Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan took aim at Rosenstein by introducing a resolution to impeach. The move escalates an ongoing feud some House Republicans have had with the Justice Department, which they have accused of withholding key information from Congress.

The resolution on its own does not mean that the House is on the verge of voting to impeach the deputy attorney general, and conservative House members agreed Thursday morning to holding off on a vote to impeach Rosenstein until after the August recess.

Sessions suggested on Thursday that Congress should focus on other issues instead of targeting his deputy.

"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," said Sessions, a former Alabama senator. "There are loopholes in our laws that are being exploited. We need to get them focused and we are pleading with them to do so. Our job and our enforcement officers' jobs are far more difficult than they need to be. Common sense legislation can make a big difference. That is where I'd like to see them focus their time."

Former deputy attorney general Sally Yates, an Obama appointee, went further in criticizing the push to impeach Rosenstein on Thursday, calling it "absurd," on Twitter and saying that it will "undoubtedly fail."

"While the absurd threat to impeach Rod Rosenstein will undoubtedly fail, using the Department of Justice as a prop for political theater does lasting damage to this vital democratic institution. The men and women of DOJ and the people of our country deserve better," Yates tweeted.

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 72506

Reported Deaths: 896
CountyCasesDeaths
Multnomah16587234
Washington1013599
Marion9082139
Clackamas602377
Umatilla432549
Lane425042
Jackson376830
Malheur238742
Deschutes229115
Yamhill169616
Linn139222
Polk121416
Douglas92118
Klamath8444
Jefferson81411
Benton7847
Union7796
Morrow6547
Lincoln61615
Wasco52419
Josephine5234
Columbia4883
Coos4213
Hood River3961
Clatsop3590
Baker2783
Crook2196
Grant1341
Curry1332
Tillamook1260
Lake1241
Harney991
Wallowa713
Gilliam230
Sherman230
Wheeler30
Unassigned00
Eugene
Scattered Clouds
38° wxIcon
Hi: 47° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 38°
Corvallis
Overcast
40° wxIcon
Hi: 44° Lo: 35°
Feels Like: 37°
Roseburg
Broken Clouds
39° wxIcon
Hi: 45° Lo: 34°
Feels Like: 39°
North Bend
Clear
44° wxIcon
Hi: 56° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 44°
KEZI Radar
KEZI Temperatures
KEZI Planner

LATEST FORECAST

Community Events