House Speaker Paul D. Ryan threw cold water Thursday on the new effort to impeach Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, saying the move could even end up hurting the chances of confirming President Trump’s Supreme Court nomination.

A group of conservatives introduced articles of impeachment against Mr. Rosenstein earlier this week, saying he should be removed from office because he’s stonewalled Congress’ efforts to get documents lawmakers are seeking into how the Justice Department conducted its probes into Hillary Clinton’s emails and Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Mr. Ryan said those document requests are valid and must be answered — but he said targeting Mr. Rosenstein was not the answer.

“I don’t think this rises to the level of high crime or misdemeanor,” Mr. Ryan said.

He cautioned fellow lawmakers not to be “cavalier” with impeachment.

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