Three House Republicans plan to file a bill forcing special counsel Bob Mueller to step down in his investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election over a conspiracy theory, The Washington Post reports.
Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, along with the Freedom Caucus’ far-right nutjob Texas Rep. Louis Gohmert and Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs, are pushing a resolution accusing Mueller of having a conflict of interest because he served as the FBI Director under President Obama when the US approved a deal letting a Russian company buy a Canadian mining business with uranium operations in the US.
“[B]e it Resolved, That House of Representatives expresses its sense that Robert Mueller is compromised and should resign from his special counsel position immediately,” the resolution says, according to Politico.
The Washington Post’s Karoun Demirjian points out that “President Trump has often brought up the Uranium One deal in 2010 as a way to accuse Hillary Clinton of potential corruption and foreign collusion, despite scant evidence she was directly involved in the decision to allow it to proceed. Nine government agencies make up the government committee that reviews such deals, along with five other observer agencies; the FBI is not one of them.”
The House move comes after multiple Congressional committees announced last month that they will investigate Clinton’s role in the deal.
Gaetz wants a special counsel to investigate the deal, but not Mueller.
“Someone who was involved in a deal cannot reasonably be trusted to scrutinize that probe,” Gaetz told the Post, citing his “close personal relationship” with former FBI Director James Comey.
Gaetz and other Republicans have also called for the DOJ to investigate Comey’s investigation of the Hillary Clinton emails.
The resolution comes days after the first indictments were unsealed in the probe. There have been no reports linking Mueller to the uranium deal.
Gaetz insists that there is “evidence” that the FBI “withheld information” on the deal.
“Evidence has emerged that the FBI withheld information from Congress and from the American people about Russian corruption of American uranium companies,” Gaetz said in a statement Friday. “A confidential U.S. witness, working in the Russian nuclear industry, revealed that Russia had deeply compromised an American uranium trucking firm through bribery and financial kickbacks.”
“Gaetz was referring to Mueller’s supervision of a bribery probe involving a subsidiary of Russia’s Rosatom, which eventually got approval from the U.S. to buy a Canadian mining company, Uranium One, that controlled a swath of American uranium reserves,” Fox News reports.
Gaetz also claims that the FBI was involved in collusion to cover up the bribery scandal.
“Although federal agents possessed this information in 2010, the Department of Justice continued investigating this ‘matter’ for over four years. The FBI, led at the time by Robert Mueller, required the confidential witness to sign a non-disclosure agreement. When the witness attempted to contact Congress and federal courts about the bribery and corruption he saw, he was threatened with legal action,” Gaetz said. “By silencing him, Obama’s Justice Department and Mueller’s FBI knowingly kept Congress in the dark about Russia’s significant and illegal involvement with American uranium companies.”