Three House Republicans on Friday called for Robert Mueller to resign as special counsel investigating Russia and the 2016 U.S. election over what they contend are “obvious conflicts of interest.”
Reps. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.), Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) and Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), introduced a non-binding measure that describes Mueller, a former FBI director, as unfit to lead the probe because of his relationship with James Comey, his successor at the bureau.
It begins. Republican Rep. Gaetz has intro’d a non-binding resolution that Mueller should resign from his position as special counsel. pic.twitter.com/ZRRgPWmbwH
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) November 3, 2017
“[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 states.
The resolution comes on the same week Mueller issued his first indictments in the expanding Russia probe. Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates were indicted Monday on 12 counts including conspiracy against the United States, conspiracy to launder money and making false statements to the FBI. Mueller also secured a guilty plea from George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign foreign policy adviser, who lied to the FBI about his attempts to arrange a meeting between Russian officials and the Trump campaign.
President Trump on Friday repeatedly called on “the Justice Department, and the FBI” to “do what is right and proper” and investigate his former political rival, Hillary Clinton.
Everybody is asking why the Justice Department (and FBI) isn't looking into all of the dishonesty going on with Crooked Hillary & the Dems..
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) November 3, 2017
During a radio interview Thursday, Trump said he was “very sad” that he could not intervene and pressure the Justice Department to investigate Clinton.
WMAL’s Larry O’Connor asked the president why he had not yet fulfilled his campaign pledge to jail Clinton, a pledge that he repeated at his campaign rallies as he led the audience with chants of “lock her up!”
“But you know the saddest thing, because I’m the president of the United States, I am not supposed to be involved with the Justice Department. I am not supposed to be involved with the FBI,” he explained. “I’m not supposed to be doing the kinds of things I would love to be doing and I’m very frustrated by it.”
“Why aren’t they going after Hillary Clinton with her emails and with the dossier, and the kind of money?” Trump asked. “I don’t know, is it possible that they paid $12.4 million for the dossier? And how was it – which is total phony, fake – and how was it used?” he continued.
“And you know, it’s very discouraging to me, I’ll be honest, I’m very unhappy with it, that the Justice Department isn’t going,” Trump went on.
“Now, maybe they are, but as president, and I think you understand this, as a president you are not supposed to be involved in that process,” he continued.
“But hopefully they are doing something and at some point maybe we’re all going to have it out,” Trump said.
In her recent memoir, What Happened, Clinton admitted that Trump’s threats to jail her caused her deep concern after he won the November 8 election.
“In my head, I heard the vicious ‘Lock her up!’ chants that had echoed through Trump’s rallies,” Clinton wrote. “In our second debate, Trump had said that if he won, he’d send me to prison. Now he had won. I had no idea what to expect.”
When Trump held a campaign rally in Alabama in late September, crowds chanted “lock her up.”
Trump told the crowd, “You’ve got to speak to Jeff Sessions about that.”