The Impeachment Eleven?
Rep. Scott Perry (R-York) was one of 11 House Republicans, and the only one from PA, to introduce articles of impeachment against Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein Wednesday.
Rosenstein leads the Department of Justice in overseeing special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election and potential association to the Trump campaign.
Resolution sponsors cite the DOJ’s uncooperative posture supplying documents. Observers have long characterized impeachment threats as a means to thwart the probe.
“The Department of Justice continues to thwart and/or impede the oversight authority of the Congress,” Perry said in a press release. “We must ensure transparency, and stop unelected bureaucrats from avoiding accountability to the American People.”
George Scott, Perry’s opponent for the 10th district in November’s election, released a statement today speaking highly of Rosenstein and criticizing his opponents decision.
“Mr. Perry has chosen baseless conspiracy theories and radical partisanship over due process and the rule of law.”
“Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein is a professional and a man of integrity,” Scott said.
Republican Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, stated earlier today that he did not support the effort of these 11 House Representatives.
One of the eleven, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), announced his candidacy for House Speaker after Paul’s tenure is completed this session.
The 10th district went to Trump by slightly less than 10 points in 2016, versus the old configuration of Perry’s seat that went to Trump by over 20 points. It’s considered a reach seat that could flip in a Democratic wave year. Scott outraised Perry in Q2 fundraising, but the incumbent currently has more cash on hand.