Three House Republicans on Friday introduced a resolution calling on Special Counsel Robert Mueller to recuse himself from the probe of Russia’s meddling in the 2016 presidential race.
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) said in a statement that Reps. Andy Biggs (R-AZ) and Louis Gohmert (R-TX) had co-sponsored the resolution.
The resolution contends that Mueller is compromised as he served as FBI director for part of former President Barack Obama’s tenure.
Mueller served in that role when Obama’s administration authorized a deal in 2010 allowing a Russian company to purchase a Canadian energy business with uranium operations in the U.S.
“These deeply troubling events took place when Mr. Mueller was the Director of the FBI,” Gaetz said.
“As such, his impartiality is hopelessly compromised,” he continued. “He must step down immediately.”
Obama’s administration approved the partial sale of Uranium One, a Canadian mining company, to Rosatom, a Russian nuclear giant, in 2010.
The controversial deal gave Moscow control over more than 20 percent of the U.S. uranium supply.
Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee announced last week that they would examine the agreement, which happened while Hillary Clinton was secretary of State.
The Hill reported last month that the FBI had tracked Russians seeking to gain access to Hillary Clinton and her husband, former President Bill Clinton.
The FBI gathered evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials engaged in bribery, kickbacks and money laundering to penetrate the American energy market.
There is little evidence that Hillary Clinton was involved in approving the Uranium One sale during her tenure at the State Department.
Mueller’s probe of Russian interference in last year’s White House race includes potential collusion between President Trump’s election campaign and Russia.
The first indictments of the Russia probe were unsealed on Monday, resulting in charges against three people related to Trump’s bid.
Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign chairman, and Rick Gates, Manafort’s protégé, were both charged with engaging in money laundering.
The money laundering was to allegedly conceal payments for work on behalf of a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine.
George Papadopoulos, a former Trump campaign aide, pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about his past conversations with a Russian professor.