As Katie Benner of the New York Times notes, the House GOP impeachment ploy "could provide President Trump with more ammunition to attack Mr. Rosenstein, who has been in Mr. Trump's cross hairs since he appointed the special counsel". "So they may be able to ignore congress, but they can't ignore the American people".
The decision drew criticism from some other House Republicans including Rep. Carlos Curbelo, R-Fla., who told Politico he believed the move is a "reckless publicity stunt".
Justice Department officials maintain that lawmakers have been provided with almost all the documents requested by the House Judiciary subpoena from March and that they have been trying to accommodate incoming requests from House Intelligence Chairman Devin Nunes.
"I don't think we should be cavalier with this process or this term", he said of impeachment.
"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 said Wednesday on Fox Business Network. Were the articles of impeachment to pass with a majority in the House, the Senate would have to vote with a two-thirds majority to convict after a House-conducted trial. Elijah Cummings of Maryland, Jerrold Nadler of NY and Adam Schiff of California.
"Now it's in Rod Rosenstein's court", Meadows said.
But that was far from a unanimous opinion for the lawmakers who participated.
"I've never been that interested in the total documents produced, unless I know the total number of documents that would be relevant", said Gowdy, a South Carolina Republican. "Impeachment is a punishment, it's not a remedy. And we look at all the various tools that we have available, including having the kinds of dialogues we've been having recently in order to get compliance from DoJ", he added. "I also don't think it proves anything about collusion or anything like that".
Rosenstein, a Republican appointed by Trump, vigorously defended the department during recent Congressional hearings earlier this month, insisting politics played no role in Mueller's probe. They accused Republicans of trying to protect President Trump, "as the walls are closing in around him and his associates".
"The fact that only 11 House Republicans signed onto the articles of impeachment against Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein speaks volumes".
And Trump's allies are angry because they've been demanding information about the 2016 investigations, including about the use of FBI confidential sources, and they argue that Rosenstein has been stonewalling.
The conservatives have been drafting versions of the impeachment document since April.
Rosenstein has fiercely pushed back against his House Republican critics, warning in May that the Justice Department is "not going to be extorted" amid threats that he could be impeached.
DOJ and Federal Bureau of Investigation officials have also consistently defended their actions in surveilling Page.
The biggest unmet demand is providing lawmakers access to unredacted documents related to the Clinton investigation, which falls under the House Judiciary subpoena, the officials said.
The subpoena issued by Goodlatte earlier this year covered a host of documents related to the FBI's handling of the Hillary Clinton email investigation and the probe into Donald Trump's campaign team and Russian Federation.
But Goodlatte has shown a willingness to be tough on DOJ and FBI officials throughout the panel's investigation into the FISA abuse. Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, has not viewed the document, but one of his staffers has, according to a Justice Department official.
"We are exhausted of the justice department giving us the finger and not giving us the information we are entitled to do to do our constitutional duty of the American people are sick of it".
"Another week, another no-show", Meadows complained at one point.