'The Department of Justice is not going to be extorted': Rod Rosenstein blasts pro-Trump GOP critics threatening his impeachment

  • "They can't even resist leaking their own drafts," Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in response to reports that members of the House Freedom Caucus are preparing articles for his impeachment.
  • Rosenstein is responsible for overseeing the special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
  • "The Department of Justice is not going to be extorted," he said.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein fired back at House Freedom Caucus members on Tuesday amid reports the conservative group is preparing articles of impeachment.

"They can't even resist leaking their own drafts," Rosenstein on Tuesday in response to a question from CNN reporter Laura Jarrett.

He later added: "The Department of Justice is not going to be extorted.”

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UNITED STATES - MARCH 22: Rep. Mark Meadows, R-N.C., chairman of the House Freedom Caucus, walks through Statuary Hall in the Capitol on Wednesday, March 22, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - APRIL 27: Rep. Justin Amash, R-Mich., arrives for the House Republican Conference meeting in the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, April 27, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 31: Rep. Brian Babin, R-Texas, leaves the House Republican Conference meeting in the Capitol on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 24: From left, Rep. Jody Hice, R-Ga., and Rep. Rod Blum, R-Iowa, at the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee meeting to organize for the 115th Congress on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JUNE 8: Rep. Dave Brat, R-Va., talks with the media after a meeting of House Republicans in the Capitol, June 8, 2016. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - MAY 21: Rep. Jim Bridenstine, R-Okla., attends a news conference in the Capitol where he and others primarily expressed support for victims of the Oklahoma tornado. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JANUARY 8: Rep. Mo Brooks, R-Ala., sheds his coat to reveal his University of Alabama shirt as he descends the House steps following final votes of the week on Friday, Jan. 8, 2016. No. 1 Clemson and No. 2 Alabama are set to face off on Monday night for the 2016 College Football Playoff National Championship. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
WASHINGTON, USA - JANUARY 6: Congressman Ken Buck waits in the House Chambers for a joint session of Congress to begin where all the Electoral College votes from the States will be delivered and verified at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, USA on January 6, 2017. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - FEBRUARY 2: Rep. Warren Davidson, R-Ohio, participates in the House Financial Services Committee meeting to organize for the 115th Congress on Thursday, Feb. 2, 2017. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
Representative Jason Chaffetz, a Republican from Utah and chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, speaks as Representative Ron DeSantis, a Republican from Florida, looks on during a House Judiciary Committee hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, May 24, 2016. The hearing is part of some Republican lawmakers' push to impeach International Revenue Service (IRS) Commissioner John Koskinen for allegedly failing to cooperate with an investigation after the IRS reportedly targeted conservative groups applying for tax-exempt status. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg
UNITED STATES - MAY 17: Rep. Scott Desjarlais, R-Tenn., talks with reporters after a meeting of the House Republican Conference in the Capitol, May 17, 2016. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Representative Jeff Duncan, a Republican from South Carolina, speaks during the South Carolina Freedom Summit hosted by Citizens United and Congressman Jeff Duncan in Greenville, South Carolina, U.S., on Saturday, May 9, 2015. The Freedom Summit brings grassroots activists from across South Carolina and the surrounding area to hear from conservative leaders and presidential hopefuls. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 13: Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., arrives for the House Republican Conference meeting with GOP nominee for Vice President Mike Pence at the Capitol Hill Club on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 07: Representative Paul Gosar (R-AZ) speaks at a news conference to discuss legislation to revoke comedian Bill CosbyÃs Presidental Medal Of Freedom at the Cannon House Office Building on January 7, 2016 in Washington DC. Cosby, who has been accused of sexual assault by more than 50 women, was awarded his Medal of Freedom in 2002 by President George W. Bush. (Photo by Paul Morigi/WireImage)
UNITED STATES - MARCH 9: Rep. Morgan Griffith, R-Va., attends a House Energy and Commerce Committee markup in Rayburn Building regarding the bill to repeal and replace the the Affordable Care Act, March 9, 2017. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 10: Doctor and Congressman Andy Harris (D-MD) works with staff on an amendment to overturn the city's marijuana decriminalization law, on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC Thursday, July 10, 2014. Rep. Harris represents Maryland's 1st Congressional District of Maryland. (Photo by Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Representative Jim Jordan, a Republican from Ohio, questions Loretta Lynch, U.S. attorney general, not pictured, during a House Judiciary Committee in Washington. D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, July 12, 2016. Lynch rejected Republican demands to discuss her decision against prosecuting Hillary Clinton before a House panel whose chairman said the former secretary of state's careless handling of official communications may have jeopardized U.S. national security. Photographer: Pete Marovich/Bloomberg via Getty Images
UNITED STATES - SEPTEMBER 13: Rep. Raul Labrador, R-Idaho, arrives for the House Republican Conference meeting with GOP nominee for Vice President Mike Pence at the Capitol Hill Club on Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 9: Rep. Thomas Massie, R-Ky., and Rep. Walter Jones, R-N.C., (not pictured) hold a news conference on Wednesday, Dec. 9, 2015, outside of the Capitol to de-authorize use of Capitol office space and staff provided to the recent ex-Speaker of the House. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - DECEMBER 11: Alex Mooney, Republican congressional candidate from West Virginia, is interviewed by Roll Call. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Representative Gary Palmer, a Republican from Alabama, listens during a House Budget Committee markup hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, March 16, 2017. While the GOP bill, called the American Health Care Act, was approved by a third committee in the House of Representatives on Thursday, the 19-17 vote was the first time Republicans crossed party lines to join Democrats against the bill. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Rep. Steve Pearce (R-NM) speaks during an event at the Smithsonian National Museum of the American Indian to challenge the sale of American Indian artifacts and remains in France May 24, 2016 in Washington, DC. In an international battle stretching from Native American lands in the American West to the auction houses of Paris, two tribes on May 24, renewed a years-long campaign to prevent the sale of sacred objects. The Acoma Pueblo Nation located in New Mexico and The Hoopa Valley Tribal Nation of California have announced their opposition to a scheduled sale next week of close to 500 artifacts at Paris' EVE auction house. / AFP / Brendan Smialowski (Photo credit should read BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - AUGUST 07: Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., of PA-04 district, delivers an address to constituents during a town hall meeting at the Hamilton Health Center in Harrisburg, Pa. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - MAY 29: Rep. Ted Poe, R-Texas, arrives for the House Judiciary Committee hearing on 'Oversight of the United States Department of Homeland Security' on Thursday, May 29, 2014. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - MAY 24: Rep. Bill Posey, R-Fla., leaves the Capitol Hill Club after a meeting of the House Republican Conference, May 24, 2016. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
Representative Mark Sanford, a Republican from South Carolina, listens during a House Budget Committee markup hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, March 16, 2017. While the GOP bill, called the American Health Care Act, was approved by a third committee in the House of Representatives on Thursday, the 19-17 vote was the first time Republicans crossed party lines to join Democrats against the bill. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
UNITED STATES - APRIL 20: Rep. David Schweikert, R-Ariz., attends a news conference to announce 'The Visa Transparency Anti-Trafficking Act,' at the Senate Swamp on the East Front of the Capitol, April 20, 2016. The event featured testimony from Shandra Woworuntu, a survivor of sex-trafficking. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - JULY 15: Rep. Randy Weber, R-Texas, participates in a discussion with reporters in Rayburn, titled 'Conversations with Conservatives, ' at which he and others fielded questions on illegal immigrants attempting to cross the border and other issues, July 15, 2014. (Photo By Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)
UNITED STATES - NOVEMBER 30: Rep. Ted Yoho, R-Fla., leaves the House Republican Conference meeting in the Capitol on Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016. (Photo By Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)
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Rosenstein is responsible for overseeing the special counsel Robert Mueller's probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 election. Rosenstein appointed Mueller to the position. His authority over the investigation has drawn the ire both publicly and privately of President Donald Trump and his Republican allies on Capitol Hill.

House conservatives who ally themselves with Trump have drafted articles of impeachment against Rosenstein as a last resort, according to The Washington Post. The move comes in contrast to the approach of GOP congressional leaders, who believe that Rosenstein and Mueller should be allowed to complete the investigation.

Trump has publicly and privately considered firing Rosenstein for not limiting the scope of Mueller's authority in the probe. Rosenstein has clashed with House Freedom Caucus members over requests for documents regarding the Russia investigation.

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Rod Rosenstein, nominee to be Deputy Attorney General, testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington March 7, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 10: U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein speaks during a news conference in Washington D.C. Tuesday, October 10, 2006. Rosenstein and Deputy U.S. Attorney General Paul McNulty announced the formation of a National Procurement Fraud Task Force, an effort aimed at the detection, prevention and prosecution of procurement fraud associated with increased contracting activity for national security programs. (Photo by Carol T. Powers/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
UNITED STATES - OCTOBER 10: Deputy U.S. Attorney General Paul McNulty, center, speaks during a news conference with Alice Fisher, head of the criminal division of the U.S. Department of Justice, left, and U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein, during a news conference in Washington D.C. Tuesday, October 10, 2006. McNulty announced the formation of a National Procurement Fraud Task Force, an effort aimed at the detection, prevention and prosecution of procurement fraud associated with increased contracting activity for national security programs. (Photo by Carol T. Powers/Bloomberg via Getty Images)
SLUG: me/hornsby DATE: August 22, 2006 CREDIT: Ricky Carioti / TWP. United States Federal Courthouse in Greenbelt, Md. Federal prosecutors announce the indictment of former Prince George's County school superintendent Andre Hornsby. United States Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein, center, flanked by Francis Turner, left, of the United States Department of the Treasury and Assistant United States Attorney Michael Pauze announce the 16-count indictment of former Prince George's County Schools Superintendent Andre Hornsby during a press conference at federal court in Greenbelt on Tuesday. (Photo by Ricky Carioti/The Washington Post/Getty Images)
U.S. Attorney Rod Rosenstein talks about the sentencing of Thomas Bromwell Sr. and Mary Patricia Bromwell following their appearance in federal court in Baltimore, Maryland, Friday, November 16, 2007. (Photo by Kim Hairston/Baltimore Sun/MCT via Getty Images)
GREENBELT, MD JUNE 30:United States Attorney for the District of Maryland Rod J. Rosenstein talked with reporters after the Guilty plea of Prince Georges County Councilwoman Leslie Johnson the U.S. District Court on June 30, 2011 in Greenbelt, MD. To Rosenstein's left is Acting Special Agent in Charge Jeannine A. Hammett of the Internal Revenue Service and to his right is Special Agent in Charge Richard A. McFeely of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. (Photo by Mark Gail/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
BALTIMORE, MD - OCTOBER 24: Maryland U.S. Attorney Rod J. Rosenstein, on Friday, October 24, 2014 in Baltimore, Maryland. Rosenstein said Carl Lackl was scheduled to be a witness to the Larry Haynes murder but was killed when Patrick Byers plotted his murder from his jail cell. (Photo by Michel du Cille/The Washington Post via Getty Images)
Rod Rosenstein, deputy attorney general nominee for U.S. President Donald Trump, listens during a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. The confirmation hearing for Rosenstein began with Republicans and Democrats squaring off over who should lead probes into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and potential contacts between Moscow and Trumps campaign team. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Rod Rosenstein, deputy attorney general nominee for U.S. President Donald Trump, swears in to a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. The confirmation hearing for Rosenstein began with Republicans and Democrats squaring off over who should lead probes into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and potential contacts between Moscow and Trumps campaign team. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Rod Rosenstein, deputy attorney general nominee for U.S. President Donald Trump, sits during a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, March 7, 2017. The confirmation hearing for Rosenstein began with Republicans and Democrats squaring off over who should lead probes into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and potential contacts between Moscow and Trumps campaign team. Photographer: Andrew Harrer/Bloomberg via Getty Images
WASHINGTON, DC - MARCH 07: Deputy U.S. Attorney General nominee Rod Rosenstein arrives before the Senate Judiciary Committee for testimony March 7, 2017 in Washington, DC. During the hearing, Democratic senators pressed Rosenstein to appoint a special prosecutor in an ongoing federal inquiry into Russian influence in the U.S. presidential election. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)
Rod Rosenstein, nominee to be Deputy Attorney General, arrives to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington March 7, 2017. REUTERS/Aaron P. Bernstein
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