Florida’s First District Congressman was among 11 lawmakers who introduced a resolution Wednesday calling for the impeachment of Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein.
“It was very important for those of us who believe that norms have been violated to step out and say Rod Rosenstein needs to be impeached,” Fort Walton Beach Republican Matt Gaetz told the Fox Business Network after the resolution was filed.
The call for impeachment came from members of the House Freedom Caucus, a group consistently critical of Rosenstein.
They allege he has withheld documents related to the investigation being conducted by special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. The caucus has also demanded the release of documents related to the Justice Department’s 2016 investigation of Hillary Clinton.
“The mountain of evidence against Rod Rosenstein is very compelling when you look at the extent to which documents and witnesses have been withheld,” Gaetz told Fox.
Freedom Caucus leaders hinted Wednesday that they might force an immediate vote on the impeachment resolution before the U.S. House adjourns for a five-week summer break at the end of business Thursday.
U.S. Rep. Trey Gowdy, R-South Carolina, the chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, did not join Gaetz and his Freedom Caucus colleagues in introducing the impeachment resolution.
“I’m not a big fan of drama,” Gowdy was quoted as saying by the Washington Post.
According to an Associated Press story, it is highly unusual, if not unprecedented, for lawmakers to demand documents that are part of an ongoing criminal investigation.
This story will be updated after the Daily News talks to Rep. Matt Gaetz.