A conservative watchdog group filed a suit on Monday in an attempt to oust special counsel Robert Mueller as he oversees the probe to determine if the Trump campaign colluded with the Kremlin in the 2016 election.
Larry Klayman, founder of FreedomWatch, filed a complaint in a U.S. district court that attempts to require the Justice Department to examine leaks from Mueller and “the obvious conflicts of interest among staff.”
“Robert Mueller is not a ‘man of integrity’ as the Washington, D.C., Democrat and Republican political establishment like to spin,” Klayman said in a statement. “He is just another pol who is representing his establishment benefactors in both political parties who want to see the presidency of Donald Trump destroyed.”
Klayman asserts Mueller’s team has leaked stories about those involved in the Russia probe to the media and Mueller is too close to James Comey, former FBI director. Additionally, the complaint claims Mueller has hired Democrats to work for him and that the probe is politicized as a result.
Mueller has come under fire recently and has been accused of having a conflict of interest since he was FBI director during the controversial Uranium One deal, a reference to the Obama administration's approval of the 2010 sale of a Canadian mining company with uranium operations in the United States to Rosatom, a Russian nuclear power company.
“He must be held accountable to the law and should not be able to do as he pleases to further his and his friends, like former FBI Director James Comey's, political agenda,” Klayman said.
“We are hopeful that the court will order Justice to do its job and conduct an expeditious and impartial investigation and then order Mueller to step down as special counsel. There are others, perhaps who practice outside of the Washington, D.C., swamp, who could step in and do an honest and conflict-free investigation of so-called Russian collusion.”
House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has defended Mueller and said he was appointed by a Republican, meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., has pressed lawmakers to allow Mueller to complete the investigation.