Rosenstein: Justice Dept. Won’t Be ‘Extorted’ By Congress

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein speaks during an event at the Newseum, Tuesday, May 1, 2018 in Washington. Rosenstein says the Justice Department is still reviewing its policy that makes it difficult for prosecutors to subpoena reporters about their sources. Justice Department policy on news media subpoenas has evolved over the years. But the current policy requires high levels of approval before a reporter can be subpoenaed. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

WASHINGTON — Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is defending himself following a report that some House Republicans have drafted articles of impeachment against him.

At a Newseum event Tuesday, Rosenstein took aim at allies of President Donald Trump who drafted the document, according to The Washington Post.

He says the lawmakers “can’t even resist leaking their own drafts” and says he won’t talk about a document that “no one has the courage to put their name on.”

Rosenstein says the Justice Department won’t be “extorted” or give in to threats.

The newspaper says the articles of impeachment from the House Freedom Caucus arise from concerns that the Justice Department hasn’t been responsive enough to lawmaker document requests.

Rosenstein oversees the special counsel investigation into potential ties between the Trump campaign and Russia.

By ERIC TUCKER - MAY 01. 2018 - 4:00 PM EDT AP


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