Since it would look fishy if President Donald Trump did it, GOP lawmakers have called for the firing or resignation of special counsel Robert Mueller. Republican Representative Matt Gaetz claimed that Mueller has “indisputable conflicts of interest” during a speech on the House floor on Wednesday.
In a measure introduced by Gaetz, along with fellow Republicans Andy Biggs and Louie Gomert, the representatives say that Mueller is compromised and should resign or be fired. The measure is non-binding, and would only serve to put the House on record as believing that, due to his relationship with his successor at the FBI, James Comey, Mueller is unfit to lead the investigation into possible Russian influence in the 2016 Presidential election.
Gaetz, Biggs, and Gomert also argue in the measure that Mueller is compromised due to his role as FBI Director when, in 2010, the Obama Administration allowed a Russian company to purchase a Canadian with uranium operations.
“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,” said Gaetz. The representative also called on the Justice Department to investigate the Russian-Canadian energy deal.
For his part, President Trump has remained surprisingly silent concerning his feelings on Mueller and his investigation. The White House has said multiple times that there are no plans to fire Mueller. White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said Friday at a press briefing that “There is no intention or plan to make any changes in regards to the special counsel”.
Given that Trump’s former campaign manager Paul Manafort has been indicted for money laundering and conspiracy against the United States, and former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about contact with Russian officials, one would think that Trump may be feeling a little worried about what else Mueller’s investigation will discover.
Trump himself demanding the resignation of Mueller would make him appear guilty of something. Instead, some of his supporters in the House have made the move against Mueller. I just wonder if they made this move on their own, or with some influence from President Trump. Neither would surprise me; Republicans are historically excellent at looking out for their own.