Speaking from the well of the House chamber, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) called for special counsel Robert Mueller to resign or be fired over his "indisputable conflicts of interest.” Speaking on Wednesday, Gaetz said, “We are at risk of a coup d'état in this country if we allow an unaccountable person with no oversight to undermine the duly-elected President of the United States,” Gaetz said. “That is precisely what is happening right now with the indisputable conflicts of interest that are present with Mr. Mueller and others at the Department of Justice.”

Gaetz continued, saying “I join…in calling for Mr. Mueller’s resignation or his firing.” 

Gaetz recently introduced a resolution stating that the former FBI director Mueller is compromised because he was a member of the Obama administration when a deal allowing in 2010 a Russian company to purchase Uranium One -- a Canadian energy company with uranium operations in the U.S.  “These deeply troubling events took place when Mr. Mueller was the Director of the FBI. As such, his impartiality is hopelessly compromised. He must step down immediately,” Gaetz said in a statement Friday.

Currently, Gaetz’s resolution has just two two cosponsors, both of whom are members of the House Freedom Caucus. They are Reps. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) and Louie Gohmert (R-Texas). The text of the resolution can be found below.

Gaetz demanded that the Justice Department should appoint a special counsel to “investigate the Clinton Foundation, the Uranium One deal, and the Fusion GPS dossier.” His demand comes after Mueller’s team handed down its first indictments last week involving Russian meddling in the 2016 general election. President Donald Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was charged with conspiracy against the United States, money laundering, and other counts related to his work to advance in Washington the interests of a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine. Also indicted last week were former Trump campaign volunteer George Papadopoulos, and Manafort’s associate, Richard Gates.

Among the reported members of the Freedom Caucus are:

Mark Meadows of North Carolina
Justin Amash of Michigan
Joe Barton of Texas
Andy Biggs of Arizona
Rod Blum of Iowa
Dave Brat of Virginia
Jim Bridenstine of Oklahoma
Mo Brooks of Alabama
Ken Buck of Colorado
Warren Davidson of Ohio
Ron DeSantis of Florida
Scott DesJarlais of Tennessee
Jeff Duncan of South Carolina
Trent Franks of Arizona
Tom Garrett Jr. of Virginia
Louie Gohmert of Texas
Paul Gosar of Arizona
Morgan Griffith of Virginia
Andy Harris of Maryland
Jody Hice of Georgia
Jim Jordan of Ohio
Raúl Labrador of Idaho
Alex Mooney of West Virginia
Gary Palmer of Alabama
Steve Pearce of New Mexico
Scott Perry of Pennsylvania
Bill Posey of Florida
Mark Sanford of South Carolina
David Schweikert of Arizona
Randy Weber of Texas
Ted Yoho of Florida

The text of the resolution can be found below. 

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives that Robert Mueller should resign from his special counsel position.

Whereas from 2001–2013, Robert Mueller served as Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation; 

Whereas as early as 2009, the FBI discovered that Russian officials were engaging in bribery and extortion, tainting the American uranium industry in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act to strengthen their own nuclear program;

Whereas investigations into Russia’s corruption of American uranium-related businesses were supervised by then-United States Attorney Rod Rosenstein, currently serving as Deputy Attorney General, and then-Assistant FBI Director Andrew McCabe, currently serving as Deputy Director
of the FBI;

Whereas despite knowledge of this corruption, backed by documents and an eyewitness account, neither the Department of Justice nor the Federal Bureau of Investigation under the leadership of Mr. Mueller brought charges;

Whereas the Department of Justice actively threatened the liberty of a confidential informant embedded within Russia’s nuclear program who wished to inform Congress about Russian corruption of American uranium-related companies, and the FBI required this informant to sign a non-disclosure agreement, intentionally depriving Congress of information vital to national security and Congressional oversight authority;

Whereas Members of Congress have raised objections to, and concerns with, the sale of American uranium assets to Russian companies, and raised these concerns in official correspondence to then-President Obama as early as 2010;

Whereas in 2010, when the Russian Federation needed American approval of uranium sales, former President William Jefferson Clinton received hundreds of thousands of dollars in speaking fees from Kremlin-linked institutions, and requested approval from the State Department to meet with central figures in Russia’s nuclear industry, and eventually met with Russian leader Vladimir V. Putin at Mr. Putin’s private residence;

Whereas the Clinton Foundation has either directly or indirectly received undisclosed donations totaling millions of dollars from Russian-linked sources, including from officials in Russia’s nuclear program;

Whereas in 2010, Hillary Clinton, founder of the Clinton Foundation, wife of former President Clinton, and then Secretary of State, approved the sale of Uranium One to a Russian state-owned nuclear technology corporation;

Whereas any thorough and honest investigation into the corruption of American-uranium related business must include investigating the willful blindness of the FBI and its leaders;

Whereas under 28 CFR 45.2, no individual can participate in a criminal investigation if he has a personal or political relationship with any organization substantially involved in the conduct that is subject of the investigation;

Whereas under 28 CFR 45.2, no individual may participate in a criminal investigation if the individual’s participation would create an appearance of conflict of interest likely to affect public perception of the integrity of the investigation;

Whereas the Code of Federal Regulations, applied to Mr. Mueller, demonstrates that he cannot be allowed to investigate his former colleagues, supervisors, and subordinates;

and

Whereas these obvious conflicts of interest are unacceptable to the United States justice system and the American people: 

Now, therefore, be it Resolved, 

That House of Representatives expresses its sense that Robert Mueller is compromised and should resign from his special counsel position immediately.      



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Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat and the editor of Spero News.

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