Contempt a Better Course than Impeachment with Rosenstein Trump Would be More Justified in Firing Rosenstein for Being Held in Contempt

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By Ben Barrack

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein is on the brink of facing impeachment. After refusing to comply with a Congressional subpoena, Congress must act. There are two options. Congress can choose to hold Rosenstein in Contempt or it can impeach him.

Impeachment is more severe. It carries with it, legal jeopardy. As a result, Rosenstein could face conviction. On the other hand, Contempt is merely a ruling by Congress.

However, when an executive branch official is impeached, it’s the equivalent of being indicted by a grand jury. Rosenstein would still be innocent until proven guilty in a Senate trial. If that trial were to find Rosenstein innocent – as it did with Bill Clinton – the DAG would be vindicated at some level.

Conversely, if Congress were to hold him in contempt, it would be a final ruling. It would mean that the legislative branch concluded on its own that Rosenstein – a member of the executive branch – committed wrongdoing against Congress.

Impeachment would potentially carry more severe consequences for Rosenstein personally than contempt. Contempt, however, could lead to his termination more easily.

Trump could justifiably fire Rosenstein if Congress found the latter in contempt. Firing Rosenstein after impeachment could be more difficult. The mainstream media would screech that Rosenstein deserved a trial first. Trump is firing a man before an investigation takes place.

None of that is required if Congress finds Rosenstein in contempt.

Rosenstein; Contempt is better

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