by Countable | 4.12.18
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:
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.
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?
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— Asha Sanaker
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