(National Sentinel) Out of Patience: Congress has a constitutional duty to perform oversight of the various federal agencies it funds, and House Republicans have been desperately attempting to engage in that role.
Republicans for months have been pressuring officials at the Justice Department and FBI to turn over documents they need as they conduct various investigations into possible nefarious and illegal activities regarding their “investigation” into Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified emails, among other probes.
The FBI and DoJ have been stalling and stonewalling GOP efforts for nearly a year.
Now, one House panel has had enough, as reported by ace investigative journalist Sara A. Carter:
The House Judiciary Committee approved for the first time a resolution Tuesday demanding that Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein turn over all requested documents regarding the FBI’s handling of the Russia investigation during the presidential election after seven days or face possible impeachment or contempt.
The decision to move forward with the resolution came after a year of battles with the Justice Department and FBI to turn over requested documents. The committee voted on party lines 15-11 to pass the resolution directing Rosenstein to comply within the next seven days or face the consequences.
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio, who has been one of the lawmakers at the frontlines of the committee’s investigation, said the resolution is the result of the frustration felt among lawmakers conducting oversight. He noted that it will be up to House Republican leaders to decide whether or not to take it to the full House for a vote.
“If they don’t comply with the resolution they know the remedies the House has, contempt and impeachment,” said Jordan, who is said to be interested in replacing Speaker Paul Ryan, who is retiring. “If we don’t get that information entitled to us, everybody knows that we’ll do what we have to do to get it done.”
The problem is the House has long deferred its power to try officials it holds in contempt to the Justice Department — which has been politicized and thus has failed to uphold its end of the agreement.
Carter noted further:
The resolution does not include a penalty but Jordan noted that the lawmakers are prepared to file impeachment or contempt against Rosenstein. The resolution is expected to sit on the House floor until members return from their break after the next week.
Jordan — especially if he becomes our next speaker — is likely to insist the House retain its previous contempt authority and start prosecuting careerist bureaucrats who think they have the right to stonewall legitimate congressional oversight.
Then again, maybe all that needs to happen is POTUS Trump picking up the phone and calling his attorney general.
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