A group of Republican lawmakers on Wednesday introduced articles of impeachment to remove Rosenstein, the deputy USA attorney general, escalating a fight over Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into whether Republican President Donald Trump's campaign worked with Moscow to sway the 2016 vote.
Ryan made clear at his weekly news conference that he thought impeachment was a step too far. House Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Trey Gowdy, R-S.C., said he believed that the Justice Department officials were making progress toward complying and that impeaching Rosenstein would be a bad idea. (It's) a really high standard.
"Since I got involved we have been getting a lot of compliance from DOJ on documents. We're trying to make it too political", said Rep. Walter Jones, R-NC, when asked about the proposal recently.
Meadows downplayed any disagreement with the speaker on the matter, saying he had spoken to the speaker on Thursday morning.
The Speaker also argued that the deconfliction process with providing documents to Congress is essential.
The White House was ambivalent about whether Trump supported the effort to impeach Rosenstein.
More here on the resolution, led by Reps.
He would go on to say that Rosenstein had been thoroughly warned over the last 9 months this day would come.
"Hopefully saner minds will prevail on the Republican side", she said.
Rosenstein oversees special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation of Russian election meddling and possible ties to the Trump campaign. Rosenstein has said the documents contain personal data, information about intelligence sources and other sensitive information. The DOJ has been steadfastly refusing to release documents Congress has demanded under authority of their oversight powers.
Earlier, Rosenstein's boss, Attorney General Jeff Sessions, expressed confidence in the career civil servant and took a swipe at the lawmakers pushing for his ouster. The introduction of the resolution is the latest sign of escalating efforts among conservatives to oust the DOJ's No. 2 official.
A spokeswoman for the Justice Department said she had no comment on the articles of impeachment.
The House of Representatives has the power to impeach an official, according to the Constitution.
While Meadows then moved on the impeachment resolution, others had a more positive view of the meeting. The Republicans in question have no quarrel with Trump on this matter, and if he wanted to, he could simply fire Rosenstein - which would be much easier than impeaching him.
So critics including Rep. Adam Schiff of California, the ranking Democrat on the House intelligence committee, have called the impeachment effort a cynical stunt aimed at discrediting US intelligence and law enforcement.
But Republicans apparently fear what the investigation will find out about Trump, so they have used their subpoena powers to find ammunition to use against the probe.
"I'm as troubled as anyone by this", Rep. Chris Stewart, a Utah Republican, said of the difficulty obtaining documents. I think we should have hearings and we should have a debate on the floor. "We must ensure transparency, and stop unelected bureaucrats from avoiding accountability to the American People". "I'm not sure we've done that yet".
But the impeachment resolution offers other complaints as well, including that Rosenstein oversaw redactions of information that was not law enforcement sensitive, such as the $70,000 price tag of a conference table used by former Federal Bureau of Investigation deputy director Andrew McCabe.