GOP senator: Mueller 'needs to clean house of partisans'
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Senate Majority Whip John CornynJohn CornynThe Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by Capital One — Pressure builds as UK approves COVID-19 vaccine Biden brushes off criticism of budget nominee Republican frustration builds over Cabinet picks MORE (R-Texas) said Saturday that special counsel Robert Mueller "needs to clean house of partisans" in his investigation of alleged Trump campaign ties to Russia, following the revelation of biased text messages sent by an FBI agent on the case. 

Cornyn took issue with former Attorney General Eric HolderEric Himpton HolderEx-AG Holder urges GOP to speak against Trump efforts to 'subvert' election results Tyson Foods suspends Iowa plant officials amid coronavirus scandal Money can't buy the Senate MORE "speaking on behalf of the vast majority of the American people" in a recent tweet saying that Republicans should halt their criticism of Mueller, and that there would be political consequences for trying to remove him from the Russia investigation.  

"But Muller needs to clean house of partisans," the senator tweeted.

He had previously tweeted "you don't" in response to Holder's claim.

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Text messages handed over to Congress by the Justice Department reveal that a top counterintelligence agent working under Mueller on the investigation sent anti-Trump, pro-Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClinton offers congratulations over Elliot Page announcement Biden brushes off criticism of budget nominee Mellman: Mired in Partisanship MORE text messages to his then-girlfriend, a fellow FBI employee.

Mueller removed the agent, Peter Strzok, from the investigation when the messages were discovered.

Republican lawmakers this week during a House Judiciary Committee hearing suggested that Mueller is running a tainted investigation, and pushed Deputy Attorney General Rod RosensteinRod RosensteinTrump turns his ire toward Cabinet members Ex-deputy attorney general says Justice Dept. 'will ignore' Trump's threats against political rivals The Hill's Morning Report - Sponsored by Facebook - Trump's erratic tweets upend stimulus talks; COVID-19 spreads in White House MORE, who oversees Mueller's team, to consider a second special counsel.