August 26, 2018
Your Action Call your Republican representative and tell them to vote NO on Rosenstein contempt. Background Rep. Bob Goodlatte (R-VA), Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and Rep. Devin Nunes (R-CA) never expected their July threat to impeach Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein to succeed. It was a procedural move that didn’t require Speaker Paul Ryan’s (R-WI) consent. However, it would not have passed the House and certainly never received the necessary 2/3 vote in the Senate to remove Rosenstein. However, a failed impeachment vote would embarrass Ryan and the GOP close to the midterms. The plan all along has been to leverage the threat of an impeachment vote into a vote on holding Rosenstein in contempt of Congress, which requires Ryan’s cooperation. Ryan caved and agreed that when the House returns from recess after Labor Day, Goodlatte can move forward with a contempt hearing in the House Judiciary Committee he chairs if he determines Rosenstein has not fully complied with the unprecedented GOP House subpoena seeking confidential information about the on-going Russia investigation. It is nearly certain Goodlatte will determine Rosenstein has not complied and that his committee will rubber stamp his determination, sending the matter to the full House for a vote. If the House holds Rosenstein in contempt, Trump will use it as a pretext to fire Rosenstein and replace him with a loyalist who will strangle the Mueller investigation. Rosenstein is “Mueller’s boss” and his replacement would have enormous power to stifle the investigation. A contempt vote in the House is likely in early September. All House Democrats will vote against it. We will need 22 Republicans to also vote against it to protect Rosenstein and preserve the Mueller investigation. If you have a Republican representative, call them and tell them they must vote NO on any attempt to impeach Rosenstein. Script This is [NAME] and I’m a constituent in [ZIP]. I want [Rep. ____] to vote No on any attempt to hold Deputy AG Rosenstein in contempt. A vote for contempt is a vote to kill the Mueller investigation. Mueller must be allowed to complete his investigation.