Law­maker says Comey friend­ship means Mueller must step aside

The Washington Times Daily - - POLITICS - — An­drea Noble

A Repub­li­can con­gress­man is call­ing on Special Coun­sel Robert Mueller to re­sign from his role lead­ing the Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tion, cit­ing the in­ves­ti­ga­tor’s friend­ship with for­mer FBI Direc­tor James B. Comey.

Rep. Trent Franks said Mr. Mueller’s re­la­tion­ship with Mr. Comey should make him in­el­i­gi­ble to lead a probe of Rus­sian in­ter­fer­ence in the pres­i­den­tial elec­tion and any pos­si­ble co­or­di­na­tion with the Trump cam­paign as the in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­cludes whether the pres­i­dent fired the FBI direc­tor in an ef­fort to un­der­mine the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.

“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,” Mr. Franks, Ari­zona Repub­li­can, said in a state­ment is­sued Tues­day. “No one knows Mr. Mueller’s true in­ten­tions, but nei­ther can any­one dis­pute that he now clearly ap­pears to be a par­ti­san ar­biter of jus­tice.”

Mr. Franks, a mem­ber of the House Ju­di­ciary Com­mit­tee, cited fed­eral law that pre­vents the special coun­sel from serv­ing in the role if the per­son has a con­flict of in­ter­est. In Mr. Mueller’s case, the law­maker said that con­flict is “a per­sonal re­la­tion­ship with any per­son sub­stan­tially in­volved in the con­duct that is the sub­ject of the in­ves­ti­ga­tion.”


A Repub­li­can in Congress said Robert Mueller (left) should re­cuse him­self from the Rus­sia in­ves­ti­ga­tions due to his friend­ship with fired for­mer FBI Direc­tor James B. Comey (right).

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