While speaking on the House floor Wednesday, Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., warned of a coup d’etat against President Trump unless special counsel Robert Mueller either resigns or is fired, The Hill reported.
“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,” he 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 added. He also called for a special counsel to investigate the Clinton Foundation, the Uranium One deal and Fusion GPS.
Here’s video of his comments:
The Hill added:
Last week, Gaetz introduced a resolution that argues Mueller is compromised because he served as FBI director 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. in 2010.
“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.
Gaetz’s resolution currently has two co-sponsors, both of whom are members of the House Freedom Caucus: Reps. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) and Louie Gohmert (R-Texas).
The Hill also reported:
Gaetz’s resolution comes after Mueller’s team revealed the first indictments of the Russia probe this week.
Trump’s former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and Manafort’s former business partner, Richard Gates, were charged with engaging in money laundering to conceal payments for work on behalf of a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine.
Another former Trump campaign aide, George Papadopoulos, pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about conversations with a Russian professor who claimed to have emails with “dirt” on Clinton.
“Evidence has emerged that the FBI withheld information from Congress and from the American people about Russian corruption of American uranium companies. 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 said in a statement earlier this month.
“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. 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.
“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,” he added.
The White House, however, has said it has no plans 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 said last week, according to The Hill
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