Articles of Impeachment and A Speaker Race Declaration

Eleven GOP congressman introduced articles of impeachment for Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. The “high crime and misdemeanor” Rosenstein is being accused of, failure to recuse himself despite a supposed an “inherent conflict of interest” when he renewed a secret court application for federal authorities to monitor ex-Trump campaign aide Carter Page. The impeachment filing says Rosenstein's "conduct in authorizing the [Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act] surveillance at issue in the joint congressional investigation makes him a fact witness central to the ongoing investigation of potential FISA abuse." Some members of the GOp are claiming Rosenstein failure to recuse himself as well as the decision not to appoint a second special counsel constituted a “dereliction of duty.” There are also accusations against the Justice Department themselves for unnecessarily blocking out passages of documents and “intentionally” hiding the origins of a Clinton funded research document in the initial FISA application on a page.  Action by these eleven republicans, majority apart of the Freedom Caucus, signals a sharp escalation of tensions between Trump’s allies within Congress and the Mueller's investigation. With Paul Ryan denying his support for the impeachment process, it also signals factions amongst the GOP. The articles were led by the chairman of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C. and Jim Jordan, R-O.H.

Jim Jordan officially made an announcement today that he would in fact be running for Speaker of the House. Jordan is a strong supporter of Trump Last month news broke that Jordan was aware of sexual abuse allegations against Ohio State athletics doctor, Richard Strauss. Jordan denies any knowledge of abuse . Jordan has been one of the loudest conservative voices in the GOP recently, has actively spoke out against the Mueller investigation and is a prominent member of the House Freedom Caucus.  In a press conference today, current Speaker of the House, Paul Ryan, said that he had already pledged support for Kevin McCarthy to run as Speaker and would not be changing his endorsement. There has been rumors of Majority Whip Steve Scalise running as well, but no confirmed announcement.