Legislation being introduced Friday by a Florida Republican tells special counsel Robert Mueller to resign from his position looking into possible Trump campaign contacts with Russia.
The resolution introduced by Rep. Matt Gaetz focuses on the alleged lack of FBI action under Mueller's leadership regarding the 2010 Uranium One deal approved by the Hillary Clinton State Department.
Mueller was FBI director from 2001 to 2013 and the legislation says “any thorough and honest investigation into the corruption of American-uranium related business must include investigating the willful blindness of the FBI and its leaders."
Reps. Andy Biggs, R-Ariz., and Louis Gohmert, R-Texas, are initial cosponsors on the resolution.
The Uranium One deal resulted in Russian ownership of a Canadian firm with U.S. assets. It was finalized the same year former President Bill Clinton received a $500,000 speaking fee from a Russian bank linked to the deal. The Clinton Foundation received donations from others connected to the deal.
If adopted, the resolution declares “[t]hat House of Representatives expresses its sense that Robert Mueller is compromised and should resign from his special counsel position immediately.”
A spokesman for Mueller declined to comment.
A spokeswoman for House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The resolution comes after bipartisan attempts in the Senate to protect Mueller from being fired by President Trump, including bills co-sponsored by Sens. Thom Tillis, R-N.C., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C.
Mueller announced the first criminal cases resulting from his special counsel probe Monday, prompting a group of House Democrats to request a pre-emptive statement of support for Mueller from Ryan.
Mueller's initial cases include a guilty plea from former Trump foreign policy adviser George Papadopoulos for lying to the FBI. Former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort and his assistant Rick Gates were indicted for money laundering and other crimes related to pre-campaign lobbying work on behalf of pro-Russia politicians in Ukraine.
Gaetz began work on the nonbinding resolution earlier this week, and its introduction was delayed as staff sought to line up media interviews and support among conservative Republicans.
The legislation drew criticism from Democrats, with Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., calling it "a joke."
"I’m sure that the special counsel — a Republican former U.S. attorney who was the longest-serving FBI Director since J. Edgar Hoover, and an exceptional lawyer — needs no career counseling or lectures on prosecutorial bias from a politician who endorsed Donald Trump on the first day of his campaign and has never raised a peep about the rampant ethical transgressions in the Trump administration," Raskin said.