GOP senator: Mueller 'needs to clean house of partisans'
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Senate Majority Whip John CornynJohn CornynO'Rourke mulling another Senate run as well as presidential bid Texas senator introduces bill to produce coin honoring Bushes On unilateral executive action, Mitch McConnell was right — in 2014 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 HolderBarack, Michelle Obama expected to refrain from endorsing in 2020 Dem primary: report Ocasio-Cortez to be first guest on new Desus and Mero show Holder says he will make 2020 decision in coming weeks 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 ClintonSanders campaign reports raising M in less than a day The Memo: Bernie Sanders’s WH launch sharpens ‘socialist’ question Roger Stone invokes gag order in new fundraiser 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 Jay RosensteinTrump nominates Jeffrey Rosen to replace Rosenstein at DOJ McCabe says ‘it’s possible’ Trump is a Russian asset McCabe: Trump ‘undermining the role of law enforcement’ MORE, who oversees Mueller's team, to consider a second special counsel.