Many Republicans are calling for special counsel Robert Mueller to resign following startling revelations regarding the Uranium One deal.
According to CNN, House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) shockingly disagrees and believes Mueller should remain. He told reporters, “…I don’t think he should be stepping down, and I don’t think he should be fired.”
Fox News reports that Mueller was knee deep in a major scandal involving the Uranium One deal. At the time Russia was resorting to bribery and extortion to ensure that the Russian company Rosatom would be permitted to buy Uranium One, giving 20 percent of America’s uranium supply to Russia.
The FBI was aware of the shady dealings and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller, who was Director of the FBI at the time, to be Special Counsel to investigate Russia’s criminal activities.
Perhaps more disturbing than Russia’s bribery and extortion to secure the deal was the fact that the FBI intentionally sat on the evidence and allowed the Uranium One deal to go through. News of this investigation wasn’t even revealed until an FBI gag order was recently lifted by the Department of Justice on an informant with knowledge of the event.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) was deeply disturbed by this revelation and with Representatives Andy Briggs (R-AZ) and Louie Gohmert (R-TX) created a resolution calling for Mueller’s immediate dismissal.
Rep. Gaetz said in a statement, “Evidence has emerged that the FBI withheld information from Congress and from the American people about Russian corruption of American uranium companies. A confidential US witness, working in the Russian nuclear industry, revealed that Russia had deeply compromised an American uranium trucking firm through bribery and financial kickbacks.”
He continued saying, “Although federal agents possessed this information in 2010, the Department of Justice continued investigating this ‘matter’ for over four years. The FBI, led at the time by Robert Mueller, required the confidential witness to sign a non-disclosure agreement. When the witness attempted to contact Congress and federal courts about the bribery and corruption he saw, he was threatened with legal action. By silencing him, Obama’s Justice Department and Mueller’s FBI knowingly kept Congress in the dark about Russia’s significant and illegal involvement with American uranium companies.”
Citing these “deeply troubling events” Rep. Gaetz called for Mueller’s immediate dismissal, claiming his “impartiality is hopelessly compromised.”
While previous accusations of the impartiality of Mueller or his team have been shrugged off, this latest scandal might prove harder to ignore. If an investigation reveals that the FBI under Mueller’s direction intentionally withheld critical evidence of Russia’s criminal dealings to secure the Uranium One deal, it would immediately raise questions as to the reason why it was done.
For the FBI to sit on such evidence would point to either a major failing of the department or intentional corruption and collusion with Russia. Either of which would bring into serious question Mueller’s impartiality or ability to properly conduct an investigation into Russia’s meddling in the US election.
Though House Speaker Ryan could claim it’s too early to jump the gun until a proper investigation has been conducted, he should at least be concerned and wanting an investigation.