Mueller Should Be Fired and Is Biased like the Mainstream Media, GOP Congressman Claims

Special counsel Robert Mueller is “biased” and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should “step up” and fire him before appointing a second special counsel to investigate the Clinton Foundation, according to a Republican congressman.

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Representative Matt Gaetz of Florida, a frequent Mueller critic, made his remarks during a Fox News interview Wednesday night. He said the “biggest alligator” in Washington is a “politicized FBI and Department of Justice,” Mediaite reported.

 “That’s why we’re fighting hard to make sure we’ve got a fair and equal opportunity for all sides to be heard and that you don’t have this pro-Hillary Clinton bias, anti-Donald Trump bias continue to infect our institutions and our systems,” Gaetz said.

The attack follows a string of cries from Republicans against Mueller, the FBI and the Justice Department over alleged but unproven bias against Trump in the Russia investigation. Many have called for Mueller to either be removed or wrap up his now seven-month investigation immediately.

Gaetz was asked about fellow Florida Representative Francis Rooney’s call Tuesday for a “purge” of the FBI and Justice Department to root out bias against the president. Gaetz responded by saying a purge was already happening, following reports of FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe’s retirement early next year.

GettyImages-699354966 Special counsel Robert Mueller arrives at the U.S. Capitol for a closed meeting with members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 21. Getty Images/Alex Wong

Gaetz then questioned why investigations weren’t looking into Democrats, including Clinton, and accused Mueller, a former FBI director, of bias against Trump.

However, the Justice Department did tell the House Judiciary Committee in November that senior prosecutors were looking into matters involving Clinton and would “make recommendations” as to whether a new special counsel should be appointed.

“I mean, if Bob Mueller were any more biased, we’d have to give him press credentials for the mainstream media,” Gaetz said.

Asked if Mueller should be fired, Gaetz added, “Yeah, absolutely. I’ve been calling on Mueller to be fired for months now.”

Indeed, in November Gaetz and two other House members wanted a resolution that would have forced Mueller to recuse himself from the Trump-Russia probe. They asserted that Mueller could be biased because he was head of the FBI when the Uranium One deal was approved. In that transaction, U.S. uranium mining facilities were sold to Russia’s nuclear energy agency. Clinton was secretary of state at the time, and her State Department approved the deal.

Gaetz also took aim at Sessions, who has reportedly clashed with Trump over the Mueller-led Russia investigation and challenged his work as the Justice Department’s head.

“He needs to step up, be the attorney general, fire Mueller,” Gaetz said, “and hire a second special counsel to evaluate the Clinton Foundation.”

The Justice Department did not immediately respond to Newsweek’s requests for comment Thursday morning.

Despite cries for Mueller’s firing, other members of Congress have worked on bipartisan legislation to protect him from a possible dismissal. The measures would require the firing of Mueller or any other special counsel to be reviewed.

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