GOP senator: Mueller 'needs to clean house of partisans'
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Senate Majority Whip John CornynJohn CornynDemocrats up ante in risky debt ceiling fight Senate parliamentarian nixes Democrats' immigration plan Democrats make case to Senate parliamentarian for 8 million green cards 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 HolderOregon legislature on the brink as Democrats push gerrymandered maps Christie, Pompeo named co-chairs of GOP redistricting group Democrats look to state courts as redistricting battle heats up 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.


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 ClintonHeller won't say if Biden won election Whitmer trailing GOP challenger by 6 points in Michigan governor race: poll GOP political operatives indicted over illegal campaign contribution from Russian national in 2016 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 RosensteinWashington still needs more transparency House Judiciary to probe DOJ's seizure of data from lawmakers, journalists The Hill's Morning Report - Biden-Putin meeting to dominate the week MORE, who oversees Mueller's team, to consider a second special counsel.