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Nunes Threatens Impeachment, Gets Documents From DOJ On Russia Investigation

by Countable | 4.12.18

What’s the story?

The Justice Department finally provided confidential documents pertaining to the origins of the Russia investigation to House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes (R-CA) that were subpoenaed in August 2017, reports the New York Times. Nunes had threatened to impeach top FBI and Justice Department officials, including FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Can he do that?

The U.S. Constitution empowers Congress to impeach any civil officer, not just the president. They have impeached two presidents, one senator, one cabinet official, and fifteen federal judges. Only eight, all federal judges, have actually been removed from office. Here’s the process:

  1. Any member of the House of Representatives can introduce an impeachment resolution. Resolutions focused on individuals are referred to the House Judiciary Committee. Resolutions calling for an investigation of the needs for impeachment are referred to the House Rules Committee and to the House Judiciary Committee.
  2. The House Judiciary Committee conducts an investigation and then votes on whether grounds exist for impeachment. If they vote yes, a resolution calling for impeachment and detailing the allegations are presented to the whole House.
  3. The House can then vote on the resolution in whole or in part. Impeachment requires a simple majority vote.
  4. The Senate is empowered by the Constitution to sit as jury considering all charges of impeachment. Voting to convict on articles of impeachment require a two-thirds majority.
  5. If a two-thirds majority of the Senate votes to convict on one or more charges of impeachment, then the Senate may vote on whether the impeached official shall be disqualified from holding an office of public trust under the United States in the future. That vote only requires a simple majority.

The introduction of impeachment resolutions regarding Wray, Rosenstein, or any other officials over Nunes’ August subpoena appears to be off the table. Whether any impeachment resolutions focused on any other appointed or elected federal officials will be introduced by this Congress is always possible.

What do you think?

Would an impeachment resolution have been justified in this case if the Justice Department had not produced the documents requested? Did you know that impeachment is possible of federal officials other than the president? If there are issues with a federal official, is impeachment the best course of action?

Tell us in the comments what you think, then use the Take Action button to tell your reps!

— Asha Sanaker

(Photo Credit: Josh Caplan via Twitter)

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  • Dennis
    04/12/2018
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    It’s time to impeach Nunes! He is a traitor to the Constitution that he pledged to uphold.

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  • OlderNWiser
    04/12/2018
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    The corruption, lack of ethics in any form, incredible ignorance, and selfishness of both # 45 and Nunes smack of fascism. Most of the GOP have been attempting to establish single party rule. I want #45, his family, Sessions, DeVos and Nunes impeached for lying under oath and violating their promise to defend the Constitution of the United States.

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  • Seth
    04/12/2018
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    I agree with impeachment policy, so Nunes should impeach himself!

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  • Tracy
    04/12/2018
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    I agree with the impeachment process. However, I think Nunes protests and threatens too much for someone who is innocent of any corruption. I think he must have something to hide.

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  • Millie
    04/12/2018
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    Why the hell is Nunes still in any way shape or form in govt? He is obviously not truthful, devisive and has a secret agenda. I hope Mueller busts him. I believe he is a Russian operative the way he conducts himself

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  • Aaron
    04/12/2018
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    HA! Nunes is such a disgusting lapdog for this president. He should be impeached. Or voted out of office.

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  • German
    04/12/2018
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    Please congressman Webster ask Ryan to remove Nunes from intel committee.. To all my representatives please vote against Pompeo’s confirmation.

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  • Mindful
    04/12/2018
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    Speaker of the House, Ryan, failed in bringing into Check, Nunés long time ago. Now, Nunés is acting totally irresponsibly-but true to his form, in this ‘impeachment’ plan. Its good for all of us that the Speaker is leaving the House. Unfortunate for us that he did not remove Nunés as chairman of the Committee that has fallen into great disrepute.

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  • Kathy
    04/12/2018
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    He’s a complete Jackass and I’m guess he trying to get information to cover his, 45 and all other members of transition team. I hope Mueller is looking into him. If Paul Ryan had any balls he would have make sure he was out of his position.

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  • Gail
    04/12/2018
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    Congressman Devin Nunes is a disgrace to the House Intelligence Committee & to the entire House of Representatives! He has continually lied & misrepresented facts, continued to undermine the Committee when he was under recusal & has collaborated with the White House in preparing false statements! He should be impeached or at the very least relieved of his duties as Chairman of the Intelligence Committee and possibly removed from the Committee entirely!

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  • Karen
    04/12/2018
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    Everyone in the conspiracy to overthrow our 3 branch system of government, and replacing it with the Unified Republican Government, should be forced to leave our Country. Nunes is hip deep in the mess and should follow the lead of other Republicans and retire.

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  • James
    04/12/2018
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    Oh! Oh! Here come the liberal crybabies o Countable! Good Job!

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  • John
    04/12/2018
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    Nunes is a stooge for the criminal 45 mob. He selectively leaks secret and confidential information to try to influence the Russia/45 investigation. By his actions he has interfered with and impeded justice and he should be charged, arrested, tried, and convicted.

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  • Surender
    04/12/2018
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    Will SOMEONE put a check on Nunes!? Djt’s lapdog does not seem to understand right from wrong / moral from immoral? It is he who should be sanctioned for obstruction of justice and impeached from congress.

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  • Mark
    04/12/2018
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    Devin Nunes has demonstrated he is loyal only to Donald J Trump. He has no respect for the constitution or our democracy. At best he is immoral, corrupt and an accessory to the crimes of Donald J Trump and at worse he is a traitor who conspired against the United States. Remove him and his ilk from office and allow the facts and justice to prevail.

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  • Patricia
    04/12/2018
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    It would be better for the country and our allies (if we still have any) to impeach both tRump and Nunez. Neither will ever be added to Mt. Rushmore. Credibility and honesty are still in vogue.

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  • Countryfirst
    04/12/2018
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    NUNES IS A CERTIFIED LUNATIC AND DANGEROUS AS HELL..IMPEACH #45 AND THROW THE REST OF THEM IN JAIL!!

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  • William
    04/12/2018
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    Nunes is simply a political operative for trump!! He has NO INTEREST in America , the American people or justice - Simply enabling DJT !!!! That was been clear since he RAN TO TRUMP with information about the investigation months ago !! He, along with trump and his cronies HAVE TO GO IN ORDER TO PRESERVE OUR DEMOCRACY !!!

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  • Donna
    04/12/2018
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    I say impeach Nunes!

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  • RadicalModerate
    04/12/2018
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    Sounds great. Impeach them all.

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