House Judiciary Committee member Rep. Trent Franks (R-AZ) called for the resignation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating alleged Russian meddling in the 2016 election.
Franks claimed Mueller's tenure violates a rule prohibiting special counsels from "conflicts of interest," the Hill reported. Specifically, Franks cited a "personal relationship" Mueller has with a "person substantially involved in the conduct that is the subject of the investigation or prosecution.”
The Arizona lawmaker cited a Fox News story from mid-May that highlighted the long and close relationship between Mueller and ousted FBI Director James Comey dating back to 2003. Under the Bush administration, Mueller served as the FBI director while Comey was the deputy attorney general.
Comey and Mueller solidified their friendship while vocalizing their staunch opposition to the Bush administration, which had plans to reauthorize a domestic surveillance launched after the 9/11 terror attacks.
“Bob Mueller is in clear violation of federal code and must resign to maintain the integrity of the investigation into alleged Russian ties. 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.”