In a speech on the House floor Wednesday, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) called for special counsel Robert Mueller to resign or be fired over his “indisputable conflicts of interest.”
“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.”
“I join…in calling for Mr. Mueller’s resignation or his firing,” Gaetz continued.
Gaetz introduced a resolution last week that argues Mueller is compromised because he served as FBI director in 2010 when the Obama administration signed off on a deal allowing a Russian company to purchase 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.
Reps. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) and Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) are cosponsoring Gaetz’s resolution.
In his House floor speech, Gaetz also called on the Justice Department to appoint a special counsel to “investigate the Clinton Foundation, the Uranium One deal, and the Fusion GPS dossier.”
"I'm calling for Mr. Mueller's resignation or his firing" pic.twitter.com/rEpobJCn8V
— RepMattGaetz (@RepMattGaetz) November 8, 2017
His speech comes after reports that Mueller handed down the first indictments in the investigation into the alleged ties between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 election.
President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort was charged with multiple counts, including conspiracy against the United States, money laundering, etc. His former business associate, Richard Gates, was also indicted.
Former Trump campaign adviser George Papadopoulos pleaded guilty to lying to FBI agents about his contacts with Russian officials.
The White House has repeatedly said Trump is not planning to fire Mueller.
“There is no intention or plan to make any changes in regards to the special counsel,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters at a press briefing last week.
The Tampa Bay Times notes that Gaetz was arrested in 2008 for a DUI but was never convicted. His booking photo is readily available online.