A handful of Republicans in Congress have made previous attempts to limit or shut down Special Counsel Robert Mueller's investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential election, and it looks like some are reasserting their insistence that the probe come to a close.
A Florida congressman who has said that the country is at risk of a “coup d’etat” by Special Counsel Robert Mueller says he warned President Donald Trump personally last week that Mueller’s Russia investigation is “infected with bias” against the president.
Rep. Matt Gaetz said he stopped short of telling Trump to fire Mueller, though previously he has made public calls for such action.
“I did say that I was concerned that this investigation was infected with bias,” he said he told the president. “He said, ‘That’s why you guys have got to do your job.’”
The conversation took place during a flight on Air Force One to Trump's Pensacola rally with the president and Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-FL), who has also called for Mueller's probe to be more limited in scope.
Gaetz said he also informed Trump that the man who appointed Mueller, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, would be appearing before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday for an open-ended hearing. “I let him know that that was the case and he encouraged us to exercise our oversight responsibilities,” Gaetz said.
The White House shares some of the same concerns, and Trump has repeatedly voiced his opinion that the investigation is biased against him.
President Donald Trump has "great concern about some of the conduct that's taken place," spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders told reporters. She declined to specifically endorse calls from some GOP lawmakers and his own outside counsel for a new special counsel to investigate bias in the FBI, but she said it's something "we'd like to see looked at."