A resolution introduced by Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) on Friday orders special counsel Robert Mueller to resign from his position as special counsel looking into possible Trump campaign collusion with Russia.
The legislation focuses on the alleged lack of FBI action under Mueller’s leadership regarding the 2010 Uranium One deal approved by the Hillary Clinton State Department. Mueller served as FBI director from 2001 to 2013.
According to the legislation, “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.”
Representatives Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) and Louis Gohmert (R-Texas) are initial co-sponsors on the resolution.
The Uranium One deal, which was suspiciously finalized right after former President Bill Clinton received a $500,000 speaking fee from a Russian bank involved in the deal, resulted in Russian ownership of a Canadian firm with U.S. assets. The Clinton Foundation also received donations from others connected to the deal.
If adopted, the House of Representatives will officially declare “that Robert Mueller is compromised and should resign from his special counsel position immediately.”
The resolution comes after bipartisan attempts in the Senate to protect Mueller from being fired by President Trump, including bills co-sponsored by Sens. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.) and Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.).
Mueller announced the first criminal cases resulting from his special counsel probe Monday, prompting a group of House Democrats to request a pre-emptive statement of support for Mueller from Ryan.
Mueller’s initial cases include a guilty plea from former Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos for lying to the FBI. Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his assistant Rick Gates were indicted on 12 counts of money laundering and other crimes related to pre-campaign lobbying work on behalf of Ukrainian politicians.
Gaetz began work on the nonbinding resolution earlier this week. However, the introduction of the legislation was delayed as staff lined up media interviews and garnered support from conservative Republicans.
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