A Republican lawmaker called for the resignation or firing of special counsel Robert Mueller citing his “indisputable conflicts of interest.”
Florida’s Rep. Matt Gaetz warned of a coming “coup d’état” if Mueller continues in his role during a speech on the House floor Wednesday, The Hill reported.
"I'm calling for Mr. Mueller's resignation or his firing" pic.twitter.com/rEpobJCn8V
— RepMattGaetz (@RepMattGaetz) November 8, 2017
“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,” Gaetz 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.”
The congressman then declared, “I join … in calling for Mr. Mueller’s resignation or his firing.”
Gaetz introduced a resolution last week, co-sponsored by Arizona’s Rep. Andy Biggs and Louie Gohmert of Texas, both GOP members of the House Freedom Caucus. The resolution argued that Mueller’s impartiality is compromised due to his service as FBI director at the time of the Obama administration’s Uranium One deal.
“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, according to The Hill.
Gaetz added Wednesday that the Justice Department “absolutely” has to appoint a special counsel to “investigate the Clinton Foundation, the Uranium One deal and the Fusion GPS dossier.”
So far, the White House has indicated that President Trump has no intentions of firing Mueller.
“There is no intention or plan to make any changes in regards to the special counsel,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters at a press briefing last week, according to The Hill.