On Friday, GOP members of the House are introducing legislation calling on special counsel Robert Mueller to resign from investigating alleged Trump campaign contacts with Russia.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who is joined by co-sponsors Reps. Andy Biggs (R-AZ), and Louis Gohmert (R-TX), is buttressing his call for the resignation by citing Mueller’s inaction when he was FBI director regarding the 2010 Uranium One deal approved by the Hillary Clinton State Department.
The legislation states:
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 thenSecretary 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.
The legislation flies in the face of bills co-sponsored by Sens. Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) that were designed to protect Mueller from being fired by President Trump, as well of House Democrats requesting a pre-emptive statement of support for Mueller from House Speaker Ryan.