DD Motoring: The electrifying Nissan Leaf

first_imgAt the weekend I had the pleasure of driving the Leaf, an all electric car from Nissan. The last time I tested an electric vehicle I wasn’t that impressed with it because of its very small range of around 60 miles. I came away thinking it would be grand in a city where the journey distance were short and access to recharging outlets would be plentiful. Advertisement With Nissan and their “all electric car” they have addressed the range issue and in the right conditions this car will achieve over twice the range of earlier electric cars with its state of the art powerful batteries.The sales executive at Inishowen motors Joe, a man from Meath gave me a very well informed pre-test drive talk on the Leaf. Me being a typical male, I wasn’t really listening to him. Thinking I knew all about these cars, sure it just would be like any other automatic car. Wrong.As I headed off in the Nissan, I was trying to think on what kind of people would buy an electric car? Are they really interested in the environment? Or do they think they will save loads of money on the ever increasing price of fuel?83% left of a full tank on the Nissan Leaf at the end of our Test Drive this week in Co. Donegal. Photo Brian McDaidMy leaf was 94% full to the brim. There wasn’t a sound of the electric motor in the car, all I could hear was the sound of the fan on the air conditioner so I switched it off as well just to see what’s it like to travel in complete silence. Advertisement It reminds me of a story told about the residents at the bottom of Convent Rd in Letterkenny years ago, who lived beside the towns old power generator. When the ESB arrived in Letterkenny as part of the rural electrification they took over the premises in Letterkenny as they connected Letterkenny up to the national power grid and removed the old generator at the site on the Convent Rd.One would think that the locals welcomed the silence when the big generators were turned off. It was the complete opposite and were unable to sleep at night because it was too quiet without the noise of the generator rumbling through the night.My journey down through the Bullock Park reminds me of flying, with every bump in the road feeling like a small pocket of turbulence in the air.I thought to look at the two headlight units sticking up on the front of the car that Nissan didn’t make a good job of them in the wind tunnel. I was to learn that their shape mimics the two wing mirrors further down the cars body, so the airflow is shaped like them before it hits them so to keep the aerodynamics at its most efficient.Even underneath the Nissan Leaf because it doesn’t have an exhaust system the floor panels of the car are also aerodynamic friendly.It’s not only the feeling of silence that makes you think you’re gliding above the ground, also the way you start to reconsider your journeys make you very similar to that of a captain of your flight. Onboard the Nissan Leaf the Sat Nav has relative information of your surrounding area of things you need to know.The four public power outlets in Letterkeny on the sat nav of our Nissan Leaf which also indicate if the points are in use by another customer or not. Photo Brian McDaidHeading into Letterkenny, the map on the dash shows you not only where the public refueling power supplies are located but also will show you if someone is using them so you can plan which one to go to.Our Nissan Leaf pictured at one of the E car Charge Points in Letterkenny which is supplied by the ESB. Photo Brian Mc DaidTry as I might on the day that I had the car out I couldn’t flatten the batteries quick enough to take it to one of the power points and fill it up. I used only 14% of the battery in three hours running around Letterkenny in the heaviest of Friday evening traffic jams.I suppose what’s confusing about an electric car compared to its petrol or diesel cousins is that the bigger the traffic jam the more it’s benefit you will have in the leaf, because it’s not sitting idling burning up fuel when the traffic is stopped, so it’s ideal for Letterkenny in its present state. Home Comforts Once you realise that the Nissan Leaf is far better than you ever imagined it to be as far as the range of the battery which will be exactly what it says on the tin, not like some petrol or diesel cars that I have drove which will give you a very high end of range fuel tank reading one minute the to turn to a flashing orange petrol light the next minute.The Leaf is looking at the bigger picture all the time.From the comfort of your phone in your home or at your desk at work you could charge , your car , plan your journey , even on a cold frosty morning you could defrost and heat your car from the comfort of your phone. On ordinary cars the engine has to heat up before the heating system in your car has a source to heat and clear the interior of a family car.In the Leaf this is all done electrically. If you add to that the comfort of heated seats and heated steering wheel on the Leaf that we drove, the sheer comfort in this car on a frozen day in February was not a worry. On a warm sunny day that car also can be cooled from the comfort of the phone, through the car climate control system,The Electric Motor on the Nissan Leaf which is both powerful and efficient to suit the needs of every driver. Photo Brian McDaidNissan LEAF is the first mass-produced vehicle in the world to employ a heat-pump cabin heater.Petrol vehicles re-use engine exhaust heat to provide the warm air for the functions of the heater. An Electric Vehicle however, does not have this heat source to recycle and so uses its general power for cabin heating.Don’t ask me how this works bacause i haven’t a clue, but it does and work so well on the Nissan Leaf to heat the cabin of the car in no timeConventional air-conditioning systems used an electrical heater, but since the use of the heater directly relates to power consumption, actual driving range was significantly reduced.A heat-pump system, meanwhile, heats the cabin using the temperature difference between a refrigerant and the outside air, obtaining a heating effect other than consuming electricity, and making it possible to heat the car cabin with less power than conventionally.The Nissan Leaf has a couple of different driving modes all of which will cater for the different types of driver of this electric car. The powerful electric motor can match the best of the rest away from the traffic lights because the power is there right away, but full power on tap will use your supply up quicker.The car also has a ECO mode which will restrict the power and give your power supply more miles on the road. The car also can be set in a drive mode that can extract a recharge when the car is going down a hill , all in all Nissan have produced a great car to move away from burning fuel to get from A to B using the cleaner electricity of the future in the process.Happy motoring folks.DD Motoring: The electrifying Nissan Leaf was last modified: February 15th, 2017 by Brian McDaidShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Tags:brian mc daidelectric carmotoringnissan leaflast_img read more

Latest: Chelsea 1 West Brom 0 – Costa strikes again for the Blues

first_imgDiego Costa scored his 11th goal of the season as Chelsea made their early dominance count.Costa neatly controlled Oscar’s left-wing cross and instantly volleyed the ball past Ben Foster to put the unbeaten Premier League leaders on course for a sixth home league win from six.Before the Spaniard’s strike, John Terry almost opened the scoring from a well-worked short corner, but his close-range shot was turned just past the post by goalkeeper Ben Foster.Oscar almost made it 2-0 with a swerving effort after great work by the excellent Eden Hazard.And Costa missed a fine chance to double the lead, slicing wide from a Branislav Ivanovic cross.Cesc Fabregas started for the Blues, while Willian replaced Ramires.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Azpilicueta; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar, Hazard; Costa.Subs: Cech, Zouma, Filipe Luis, Ramires, Schurrle, Drogba, Remy. West Brom: Foster, Wisdom, Dawson, Lescott, Yacob, Baird, Gardner, Brunt, Dorrans, Sessegnon, Berahino.Subs: Myhill, Gamboa, McAuley, Morrison, Anichebe, Samaras, Ideye.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Bafana frenzy grips the nation

first_imgBafana Bafana has captured the heartsof South Africans. The nation is behind the boys. “Fevah, go Bafana,” that’s her message. ANC stalwart Winnie Madikizela-Mandelahas also voiced her message of support.(Images: Bongani Nkosi)MEDIA CONTACTS• SafaMorio SanyaneCommunications director+27 82 990 0835• Local Organising CommitteeJermaine CraigMedia Manager+27 11 567 2010+27 83 201 0121Bongani NkosiVuvuzelas blared from the residential block of flats in Sunnyside, Pretoria’s lively, cosmopolitan suburb. South Africans hung out of their windows and burst from the corridors to celebrate and blow their favourite plastic trumpets. It was a short-lived moment, but one I had been expecting.South Africa’s national football squad Bafana Bafana was playing Denmark in a friendly match that day, 5 June, and I had decided to go loll at a park in nearby Troy Street – I was against the idea of being glued to a television screen.I knew the noise made by the throng of football fans in the area would be a pretty good indication of the score: I anticipated a spirited round of vuvuzela toots for every Bafana goal, and a collective sigh of “aaaaahs” if our opponent scored.I was kept in suspense for some time, but eventually I heard the eruption of noise. I knew very well our boys had scored a critical goal – the only one of the match. It came in the 76th minute from striker Katlego “Killer” Mphela.The celebrations went on for about three minutes at that stage, but the lasting sense of excitement came as the referee blew the final whistle. We had won.The vuvuzelas were out again, and the hubbub resonated throughout central Pretoria. Masses of young football fans, clad in their Bafana gear, celebrated the victory with their trumpets, song and dance. And cars whizzing past showed their support too, with mini South African flags attached to their roof tops.It’s scenes like these that show the pride in the 23-man national squad, which will play the opening match of the 2010 Fifa World Cup in a few days’ time.“We’re very elated and excited about what see throughout the country every day. Scores of people are wearing the Bafana jersey,” the team’s media officer Matlhomola Morake said.“[South Africans] are giving us courage,” Morake added. “We’d like to thank them and hope that this support will continue throughout the World Cup.”Support for Bafana is streaming in through various channels countrywide, as fans’ good-luck wishes are publicised on television, radio, newspapers, online social network sites and mobile phones. “That’s ayoba,” my colleague, Lesego Madumo, would say.‘We’re behind you’A day before the Demark clash, friends Mzukisi Zuzile and Masanda Nomeva joined hundreds of other South Africans outside Luthuli House, the African National Congress’ (ANC) headquarters, in Johannesburg to show their confidence in Bafana Bafana. And they weren’t shy about where their allegiances lay: “We’ll support them up until the end of the World Cup. South Africans will stand by them,” Nomeva said.“Bafana Bafana must play their hearts out, knowing very well that the nation is behind them,” Zuzile added.The team has gone without a loss in its last 12 matches, making the craze well-deserved. Notable wins include the 5 June Denmark friendly and a 5-0 record defeat of Thailand a few days’ before.The group stage matches involving Bafana were sold out even before World Cup ticket collection centres were opened, another indication of strong belief in the national side.This also means that vuvuzelas will be out in full force. “We need the vuvuzela – it is our 12th man, and it will help us a lot,” Bafana coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said during his announcement of the final player selection on 1 June.The national team has been drawn into Group A to face Mexico, France and Uruguay. It’s been tipped to pick up at least six points, but must win the first clash against Mexico to achieve this, experts say.Promise of victoryPresident of the South African Football Association Kirsten Nematandani has promised the nation that Bafana will make it proud. He is confident that the team is well-prepared and ready to tackle the stiff competition.“The boys are ready … they will make us proud,” he said during the celebrations at Luthuli House.“Come the 11 June, Mexico won’t know what hit them.”South African politicians are showing they’re not immune to the Bafana frenzy either, with the ruling ANC and official opposition, the Democratic Alliance, both sending out messages of support.“Bafana, you carry the hopes and aspirations of all South Africans …” said ANC chairperson Baleka Mbethe, on behalf of her party. “We have complete confidence and trust in you.”Good dose of Madiba Magic President Jacob Zuma and Fifa head Sepp Blatter are among the legions of World Cup fans who are hoping that Nelson Mandela will make it to the tournament’s opening ceremony at Soccer City on 11 June.It’s still not entirely clear whether the frail, 91-year-old statesman will be there, but Zuma has said it will be a bonus if he is.“We have hope that Mandela will be there,” said Mbethe.Mandela’s presence will undoubtedly give Bafana Bafana a good dose of “Madiba Magic” ­– a term coined during the 1995 Rugby World Cup in South Africa, when the then-president donned a replica of the captain’s jersey to spread national pride and show his support for the host team.He did the same during the African Cup of Nations a year later, and many say this helped inspire the South Africans to win both tournaments. In recent years South Africans have increasingly used Madiba, Mandela’s clan name, as a fond term of reference.The Bafana World Cup squad was introduced to their former president on 3 June at a gathering at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton, Johannesburg. On this day too, Mandela chose to wear the captain’s jersey.last_img read more

Supersize My Trackable – The Biggest of BIG (and weird) Trackables

first_imgWhat’s the biggest, weirdest trackable you’ve ever moved? Share with your Friends:More There’s something very special about a person who attaches Shrek ears and children’s shoes to a cinder block and tasks others with carrying that object from place to place. We like to think that special drive is what makes a geocacher a geocacher.The willingness to be a little unusual, a little conspicuous, and sometimes downright weird seems to be common to geocachers. It’s an element that surfaces particularly with trackables. If you’re new to the game, a trackable is a game piece with a unique number. It commonly looks like a dog tag. These trackables are attached to hitchhikers (objects of various sorts), like the giant ones you’re about to see.At some point, everyone—from the trackable obsessed to the fair-weather trackable logger—has gazed at a trackable and thought the following:How am I going to move this [loose ball of yarn]? Where is the rest of [the vehicle to which this door was once attached]? There is no chance we’re going to be taking this [instrument of extreme noise]. What’s made of cement, has six legs, and Shrek’s face? You know you’re a geocacher if you answered, “Probably a trackable.” And you’d be right.center_img SharePrint RelatedInside Geocaching HQ Podcast Transcript (Episode 11): The Magic of trackable promotionsMay 10, 2018Similar postThe Teenage Travel Bug® MoverSeptember 19, 2012In “Community”The Center of the Trackable UniverseSeptember 15, 2011In “Community” I’m taking a picture with a giant [teddy bear]. Where can I get one of these [humongous metal Travel Bug tags]? Why do trackables tend to be so weird? Because the world of trackables is so wide and has few limits to what can be made trackable, they are geocaching’s most widespread form of self-expression. Trackables tell stories about who we are and where we’re from. They travel the world when we can’t. They bring joy to people we’ll never meet.But where to put the oversized, hilarious trackables you find? Check out these BIG caches and see if there’s one near you.last_img read more

Uproar in U.P. House over CM’s remark

first_imgThe Uttar Pradesh Assembly witnessed noise scenes and uproar on Monday as Samajwadi Party members lodged a strong protest against a reported remark by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath against socialism. Soon after Question Hour, Leader of the Opposition Ram Govind Chaudhary said the Chief Minister, at a recent event in Lucknow, had referred to socialist ideology as promoter of terrorism, corruption and nepotism.‘CM should apologise’ “A statement to this effect from a responsible leader is condemnable… Socialism has also been discussed in the Constitution,” Mr. Chaudhary said demanding the CM apologise for his statement. Reacting to Mr. Chaudhary’s demand, State Parliamentary Affairs Minister Suresh Khanna said the Leader of the Opposition had incorrect information. “The Chief Minister respects Ram Manohar Lohia (socialist leader) and he has said this many times…He (Mr. Chaudhary) is wasting the time of the House by taking notice of what has been stated in newspapers,” Mr. Khanna said.At this, the SP members to rush to the Well of the House raising slogans. “Casteism was rampant during the Samajwadi Party government.. a particular caste was being promoted,” Mr. Khanna retorted. As the noisy scenes continued, Speaker Hriday Narain Dixit adjourned the House, first in phases, and later for the day. SP members were protesting against the Chief Minister’s reported remarks allegedly linking “samajwad to atankwad” as carried by a local Hindi newspaper.last_img read more

Governor’s R-day direction ‘enforced nationalism’

first_imgJammu & Kashmir’s regional parties on Monday described Governor Satya Pal Malik’s directive to officials to “compulsorily attend” the Republic Day functions as “enforced patriotism.”“Nationalism can never be dictated. There should be will for such events, not forced diktats. This clears how things happen and are happening in the ‘integral’ part. Patriotism can’t be enforced; it should be inherent,” said Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Waheed Ur Rehman.Former independent MLA and Awami Itehad Party (AIP) Chief Engineer Rashid, terming the order “unconstitutional”, said, “Nationalism cannot be imposed on government staff.” Governor Malik has, in his recent directive, asked all government officers and officials posted at Jammu and Srinagar, “to attend the celebrations as part of their official duty.”“It is the duty of every government servant to attend the Republic Day function, which marks an important turning point in the history of the nation,” the order reads.Mr. Malik also directed that the Jammu and Kashmir Tourism Development Corporation Limited (JKTDC) and Jammu and Kashmir State Road Transport Corporation (JKSRTC) ferry the employees to the main venues at summer capital Srinagar and winter capital Jammu on January 26.Former chief minister and National Conference (NC) vice president Omar Abdullah, while taking exception to the order, said, “Attendance has been made compulsory in the past as well. In fact, late Mufti Muhammad Sayeed used State transport and police vehicles to bring supporters to show how much the situation [in Kashmir] was ‘improving’.”last_img read more

Young gymnast captures PH’s fifth gold medal

first_imgKaitlin de Guzman of the Philippines competes in uneven bars category of women’s artistic gymnastics competition of the 29th Southeast Asian Games Tuesday at the Malaysia Trade and Exhibition Center in Kuala Lumpur. / CONTRIBUTED PHOTO/SEA GAMES POOLKUALA LUMPUR — Kaitlin de Guzman nailed the gold medal in gymnastics women’s artistic uneven bars Tuesday for the Philippines’ second triumph of the day in the Southeast Asian Games.The 17-year-old De Guzman, daughter of former SEA Games champion Cintamoni Dela Cruz, garnered 12.875 points in her routine to bag the top honors.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES NATO’s aging eye in the sky to get a last overhaul Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim Pagasa: Storm intensifies as it nears PAR Trump signs bills in support of Hong Kong protesters Robredo should’ve resigned as drug czar after lack of trust issue – Panelo PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics00:50Trending Articles02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:36Manny Pacquiao part of 2019 SEA Games opening ceremony Gymnast captures Philippines’ 4th gold in SEA Games MOST READ Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lacson: SEA Games fund put in foundation like ‘Napoles case’ Celebrity chef Gary Rhodes dies at 59 with wife by his side Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. She bested Malaysia’s Tracie Ang who had 12.550 and Indonesia’s Rifda Iranalithfi who scored 12.075.De Guzman is competing in two more events including her favorite floor exercise.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games opening View commentslast_img read more

Social Bookmarking Supercharges Traffic

first_imgAlmost everyone covers their bases by including a button from ShareThis or AddThis. Both services aggregate the literally dozens of other bookmarking sites, from IceRocket to Propeller to Simpy, making it easy for users to share your content. AddThis and ShareThis are both less than two years old and each has over 20 million users. My take is that there is still tremendous growth here forpublishers as Web users coalesce around half a dozen winners in this space. Managingyour relationships with the bookmarkers (plus what site real estate you bet onwhom) will determine how much of that growth you capture. Among new entrants, the Digg-like Yahoo! Buzz seems to have the most traction. Launched in late February, Yahoo! has been reaching out to traditional publishers, enticing them with the traffic firehose of the Yahoo! home page. The Buzz button now resides in the #1 spot on the article page templates of many Time, Hearst and Conde sites. Yahoo! claims to have delivered over 16 million page views to publishers in its first two weeks of operations. Magazine Web site traffic (up 12 percent in Q1according to the MPA) continues to be a bright spot in an otherwise roughyear for publishers. Magazine sites aregetting savvier about blogs, videoand user-generated content (especiallyrecipes).In the last six months, however, the biggest traffic drivershere at Discover have been Digg, Reddit, StumbleUpon and a host of other socialbookmarking or sharing sites. A typically brief and unscientific survey of the big magazinesites reveals some interesting social bookmarking trends:The early movers (circa 2003-2006) still hold the top spots most places. Links to Digg, Reddit (now owned by CondeNet), del.icio.us, Facebook and StumbleUpon live in the top navigation bars at sites like SI, People, Wired, New Yorker, Reader’s Digest and Esquire. last_img read more

The Mandalorian trailer New Star Wars show hits Disney Plus Nov 12

first_img 2 Oh boy! Oh boy!! #Mandalorian https://t.co/Du2yV4Jv9g— Collingwood Jays 🇨🇦 (@CollingwoodJays) August 24, 2019 On Saturday, Favreau came on stage to give fans a first look: Whether you like the original or the prequels, “we’ve got something for everyone,” he said. Favreau previously revealed that the series would be set seven years after Return of the Jedi (so 23 years before The Force Awakens). At D23, the writer-director said the time period appealed to him because there’s no government, no law, and the world just degrades. What would it be like to be a bounty hunter during that period of lawlessness?  WOWThe Mandalorian looks as good as a Feature length Filmhttps://t.co/SGZB4cPs9e— Jamie Moran (@JamieMoranUK) August 24, 2019 Tags Carl Weathers plays Greef Carga, a man who’s hired the Mandalorian for a job.”He’s kinda the head of this guild of bounty hunters,” Weathers said of his character during Star Wars Celebration, according to CNET’s Sean Keane. “The Mando is a guy who he figures can get the job done.”The Mandalorian also stars Gina Carano as Cara Dune, Omid Abtahi as Dr. Pershing, plus Nick Nolte, Giancarlo Esposito, Emily Swallow and Werner Herzog in unnamed roles, and the voice acting talents of Taika Waititi.The reaction to the new trailer was almost unanimously positive.  Star Wars: The Mandalorian is set to be the first Disney Plus original series to debut, and it has been a prime feature of the D23 Expo this weekend. The series stars Pedro Pascal as the titular Mandalorian, and was written by Jon Favreau, who is also executive producer along with Dave Filoni (The Clone Wars) and Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy. All three shed light on how the production came to be, in addition to premiering the first official trailer for the upcoming Disney Plus show.  New details and footage were revealed Friday ahead of the Nov. 12 launch, and Disney teased us with a poster earlier in the day. Droid voice @TaikaWaititi says it’s VERY important to him to have droid representation on film in @themandalorian 😬 #StarWars pic.twitter.com/SEYIzluwoV— cait petrakovitz ➡️ D23 🙌🏽💃🏽 (@misscp) August 24, 2019 Disney Plus Disney Star Wars That MANDALORIAN TRAILER HAS ME SHOOK 🔥 pic.twitter.com/3yqO4yeOtS— Admiral Jackbar (Geeky Gator) (@The_GeekyGator) August 24, 2019 And that reaction is understandable. The spaghetti western tone is evident even in the trailer, and when you close with Werner Herzog in full Grizzly Man voiceover mode, it’s hard to hold back the shivers. If this trailer is anything to go by, we could be in for something pretty cool with The Mandalorian.The Disney D23 Expo runs through Sunday, Aug. 25. Be sure to check out coverage from sister sites GameSpot, TV Guide and ComicBook.com. TV and Movies #TheMandalorian, the first live-action Star Wars series, only on #DisneyPlus. Start streaming November 12. @TheMandalorian pic.twitter.com/Dxum2bZDCa— Disney+ (@disneyplus) August 23, 2019 Speaking at Star Wars Celebration back in April, Pascal gave the lowdown on his gray-area bounty hunter. “He’s got a lot of Clint Eastwood in him,” the actor said, adding that he watched Sergio Leone and Akira Kurosawa movies to prepare. 50 Photos Comments Share your voice 2019 TV shows you can’t miss Yo I am beyond pumped for this. Mandalorian lore is (imo) some of the best Star Wars lore, I cannot wait to see this https://t.co/dv5S1zFDTw— Connor “The Wizard” MacDonald (@SamuraiCorndog) August 24, 2019last_img read more

US deputy attorney general Republican lawmakers launch move to impeach

first_imgDeputy US attorney general Rod Rosenstein announces grand jury indictments of 12 Russian intelligence officers in special counsel Robert Mueller`s Russia investigation as he appears with Principal Associate Deputy Attorney General Ed O’Callaghan during a news conference at the justice department in Washington, DC, US, 13 July 2018. Photo: ReutersA group of Republican lawmakers on Wednesday introduced articles of impeachment to remove deputy US attorney general Rod Rosenstein, escalating a fight over Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 US presidential election.Representatives Jim Jordan and Mark Meadows, who belong to the conservative House Freedom Caucus, joined nine other House members in accusing Rosenstein of hiding investigative information from Congress, failure to comply with congressional subpoenas and other alleged misconduct.Rosenstein, the No. 2 official at the justice department, has become a frequent punching bag for supporters of President Donald Trump for appointing Mueller to investigate whether Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia in his race against Democrat Hillary Clinton. The president has denied such collusion took place.“The DOJ is keeping information from Congress,” Jordan said, referring to the Department of Justice. “Enough is enough. It’s time to hold Mr. Rosenstein accountable for blocking Congress’s constitutional oversight role.”A justice department official said the agency had no comment.Representative Adam Schiff, the top Democrat on the House of Representatives Intelligence Committee, said on Twitter the articles of impeachment “were filed in bad faith and show extraordinary lengths to which House Republicans will go to protect Trump.”The House is scheduled to leave on Thursday on a recess that extends until the first week of September.A House Republican aide said the two lawmakers were not attempting to force quick action on the articles of impeachment.Republicans in the House have been discussing possible impeachment action against Rosenstein for some time.Rosenstein was appointed by Trump, but the Republican president has repeatedly criticized him on Twitter for his oversight of the Russia probe, which he calls a witch hunt.For Rosenstein to be removed from office, a majority of the House must vote for the articles of impeachment and then the Senate must convict him on a two-thirds vote. Republicans control both chambers but have only a 51-49 edge in the Senate.last_img