Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is facing impeachment for his “unwillingness” to work with Congress— a sign of just how far the rabbit hole we have gone. Republicans in the House have filed for impeachment because they believe that Rosenstein “has made every effort to obstruct legitimate attempts of congressional oversight.” This is a ludicrous claim.
Thankfully, there has been a backlash from Republicans opposed to these fillings— namely Speaker of the House Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-SC). Ryan said, “I don’t think this rises to ‘high crimes and misdemeanors.’” Ryan is correct, as there is no legitimate reason for the impeachment of Rosenstein. Conservatives should scoff at the notion of his impeachment the same way they scoff at the liberal notion that there is a legitimate case to impeach Trump.
Impeachment would be a lengthy and worthless process and one can only hope that this is simply a ploy to force the DOJ to start playing ball with Congress. House Democrats used a similar tactic last year they filed for the impeachment of President Trump. It is most likely an attention seeking move with no real effect on the status quo. The GOP never filed for the impeachment of any officials from the Obama Administration— so it is rather difficult to believe that they would do so during a Republican administration. If Rosenstein ends up being impeached, an abundance of new problems will arise for the Trump Administration.
Rosenstein’s impeachment would raise numerous questions about its effect on the Mueller investigation. Would his impeachment give President Trump an opening to appoint someone who would end the investigation before it fully runs its course? Republicans must weigh the long and short-term implications of impeachment, and whether they would be creating a pathway for implications or even charges of obstruction of justice. The Hillary investigation lasted for two years and was a complete and thorough process. The same amount of dedication and judiciousness should be applied to the Trump investigation. If he is proven innocent, there should be nothing to fear, and the findings will strengthen his reelection campaign in 2020.
The argument against the Mueller investigation is understandable. So far it seems to have been an unproductive use of time and resources that have not implicated President Trump himself in charges of collusion. But the investigation must continue—if for no other reason than to put to rest any claims that he was involved in any wrongdoing.
Rosenstein’s impeachment can only serve to further widen the divide between the left and right. A complete and thorough investigation will reveal the truth of the 2016 election, and regardless of the results, we can start a bipartisan healing process. Closure in this investigation could serve as the launch pad for the reconciliation our country so desperately needs, and Republicans cannot afford to get in the way of that.
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