House Republican Says Mueller Must Resign From Russia Probe Due To Conflict of Interest!
If you are not familiar with Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ), he is as solid as a Conservative as you can find in Washington, D.C. The National Journal ranked Franks among the ‘most conservative’ members of the US House of Representatives in 2009.
Franks was elected to Congress just over a decade ago. He is a strong advocate for Christians and pro-life policies. He is also a member of the Human Rights Caucus, the Liberty Caucus and Tea Party Caucus.
In a press release today, Rep. Franks, who sits on the House Judiciary Committee, called upon Robert Mueller to resign as Special Counsel for Russia Investigation, citing violation of the law governing the special counsel that prohibits Mueller from serving if he has a “conflict of interest.”
H/T Western Journalism:
House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., has called on Robert Mueller, who is leading the Department of Justice’s investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, to resign.
Franks, a member of the conservative House Freedom Caucus, said that Mueller is in “clear violation of federal code” due to his “close friendship” with former FBI Director James Comey.
The violation, Franks said, is a conflict of interest that “fundamentally undermines” Mueller’s ability to faithfully execute the law as special counsel.
“Bob Mueller is in clear violation of federal code and must resign to maintain the integrity of the investigation into alleged Russian ties,” Franks said. “Those who worked under them have attested he and Jim Comey possess a close friendship, and they have delivered on-the-record statements effusing praise of one another.”
Franks based his allegations on a Fox News report in May that documented the close ties between Mueller and Comey, which date back to 2003.
The report found that Mueller, who is likely looking into President Donald Trump’s firing of Comey in May, once called Comey “one of the finest people I’ve ever met.”
A 2013 Washingtonian article added that Mueller was the “one person in government whom he (Comey) could confide in and trust: Bob Mueller.”
Franks said public statements of admiration between Mueller and Comey make it impossible to determine what Mueller’s true intentions are as special counsel.
“No one knows Mr. Mueller’s true intentions, but neither can anyone dispute that he now clearly appears to be a partisan arbiter of justice. Accordingly, the law is also explicitly clear: he must step down based on this conflict of interest,” Franks said.
Franks also cited reports revealing that multiple members of Mueller’s legal team have given political donations to Democrats, with some even giving directly to Hillary Clinton.
“Already, this investigation has become suspect – reports have revealed at least four members of Mueller’s team on the Russia probe donated to support Hillary Clinton for President, as President Trump pointed out. These obviously deliberate partisan hirings do not help convey impartiality,” Franks said.
“Until Mueller resigns, he will be in clear violation of the law, a reality that fundamentally undermines his role as Special Counsel and attending ability to execute the law,” he added.
Trump himself has called into question Mueller’s relationship with Comey.
The president said on Fox & Friends in June that Mueller was “very, very good friends with Comey, which is bothersome.”
Many have speculated that Trump is looking to fire Mueller, citing his aggressive public stance against Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his decision to recuse himself from the Russia investigation.
If Trump had a new attorney general that was not recused from the Russia investigations, that person could theoretically take action to fire Mueller.
This is not the first time this issue has been raised. Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich raised questions about the impartiality of those of Mueller’s investigators who had donated to Hillary Clinton and other Democratic candidates in the past as well.
But both Republicans and Democrats are advising the president to take no such action.
Both Sen. Lindsay Graham (R-SC) and Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) believe firing Sessions would be the ‘end of the Trump presidency’.
As a conservative, I stand with Rep. Trent Franks. I would trust his word over Sen. Graham’s any day. It’s time for President Trump to #DrainTheSwamp and that means clearing out all of the Obama leftovers that are still in the administration. Until Trump cleans house, there will be DemocRATS undermining his agenda to #MakeAmericaGreatAgain.