When Robert S. Mueller III was tapped to oversee a special investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election, prominent Republicans and Democrats hailed the choice.
He still has broad, bipartisan support — including from House Speaker Paul D. Ryan (R-Wis.). But as rumors emerged that President Trump may sack the newly appointed special counsel, at least one conservative lawmaker has urged the president to do exactly that.
His reasoning? Mueller and James B. Comey have history together.
“Comey created an opportunity by leaking and possibly committing a crime by colluding with others in the Department of Justice, and Mueller was his good friend,” Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.) told Fox Business on Tuesday. “I had no idea how dirty this mess was involving Comey and Mueller over the years.”
Comey became John Ashcroft’s deputy attorney general in 2003, while Mueller was director of the FBI.
Gohmert told Fox that Comey’s manipulation led to a special counsel being appointed when “we don’t need one.”
“We know now for sure there is no collusion between this administration and Russia,” he said. “Let’s at least stop that facade, stop that distraction.”
“Get rid of Mueller!” he added. “He is dirty. He created all kinds of problems.”