Freedom Caucus lawmakers slam AG Jeff Sessions, throw down the gauntlet with the DOJ

· June 13, 2018  
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Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan announce resolution to demand DOJ compliance on Fox News
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On Wednesday, Freedom Caucus members Reps. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., and Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, announced they have drafted a resolution to demand that the Department of Justice release all remaining documents related to the Trump-Russia collusion investigation. Appearing on Fox News, they also expressed shock at Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ defense of his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, after Fox News reported that Rosenstein threatened to subpoena GOP members of Congress.

“I’m almost flabbergasted,” Jordan told Laura Ingraham on “The Ingraham Angle” after she played audio of Sessions saying he was “confident” that Rosenstein did not improperly threaten members of Congress.

“Today we learned in [Catherine Herridge’s] report that the head of the, in essence the head of the Justice Department, Rod Rosenstein, was threatening members of the House Intelligence Committee for doing their job, for trying to get answers for the American people, and the attorney general says ‘That’s okay, we’re doing just fine?'”

“Are you kidding me?” Jordan said.

“For the attorney general to say he’s confident that Rod Rosenstein did everything right, well, I’m confident he doesn’t know what he’s talking about,” Meadows added. “We’re fed up with it.”

The conservative lawmakers said they would file their resolution Wednesday and push for a vote in Congress to urge Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to cooperate with the House Intelligence Committee.

“It’s all about compelling DOJ to turn over documents so that we can do proper oversight. If they have nothing to hide, turn over the documents,” Meadows said.

Jordan explained that they want the full Congress to vote on this resolution so that it is clear that the DOJ is stonewalling the Intelligence Committee in spite of the will of Congress, not just a few select members.

“It’s one thing for us to say, it’s one thing for the chairman to subpoena, it’s another thing if the House of Representatives would actually go on record and say, ‘Mr. Rosenstein, we as the House, a majority of the House, say you’re not giving us the information we need,'” Jordan said.

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Author: Chris Pandolfo

Chris Pandolfo is a staff writer and type-shouter for Conservative Review. He holds a B.A. in politics and economics from Hillsdale College. His interests are conservative political philosophy, the American founding, and progressive rock. Follow him on Twitter for doom-saying and great album recommendations @ChrisCPandolfo.

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