Joe Walsh rips Fox News, calls Mueller an ‘American Hero’
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Former Republican Congressman Joe Walsh lashed out at Fox News in a series of tweets Thursday, calling on the network to stop “badmouthing” special counsel Robert Mueller.

“And by the way Fox News, Robert Mueller is an American hero,” Walsh tweeted Thursday night. “Marine, Vietnam Veteran, he has dedicated his life to serving this country and keeping Americans and America safe. Quit badmouthing him. Cut it out.”

“When I grew up, the FBI were the good guys, and the Soviet Union were the bad guys,” he continued in a late tweet. “I watch @FoxNews today, and they tell me the FBI are the bad guys, and Russia are the good guys. Such bulls---t.”

Walsh later ripped President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he will 'temporarily hold off' on declaring Mexican drug cartels as terror organization House Judiciary Committee formally receives impeachment report Artist behind gold toilet offered to Trump sells banana duct-taped to a wall for 0,000 MORE for failing to himself call for a special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 election.

“‘We can't have a foreign country messing with our elections,’ Trump said in my dream,” Walsh tweeted. “And then I woke up.” 

Conservatives have been ramping up their attacks on Mueller in recent days following former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn’s guilty plea for lying to FBI agents about his contact with Russian officials.

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Fox News hosts have slammed Mueller in their coverage, and Republicans on Capitol Hill have called for an investigation into “unprecedented bias against President Trump” in the FBI.

“A witch hunt continues against the president with tremendous bias, no purpose and no end in sight,” Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzGiuliani draws attention with latest trip to Ukraine Overnight Defense: Suspect in Pensacola shooting identified as Saudi aviation student | Trump speaks with Saudi king after shooting | Esper denies considering 14K deployment to Mideast Trump speaks with Saudi king after Pensacola shooting MORE (R-Fla.) said.

The attacks on Mueller follow news last week that Mueller removed a veteran FBI agent from his investigation amid an investigation into the agent potentially sending anti-Trump text messages.

Peter Strzok reportedly exchanged text messages with FBI lawyer Lisa Page, whom he was dating, that appeared to support then-Democratic presidential candidate Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonYang expands campaign with senior hires for digital operations Top GOP legislator in California leaves party GOP senators request interview with former DNC contractor to probe possible Ukraine ties MORE.

Peter Carr, a spokesman for the special counsel, told The Hill that “immediately upon learning of the allegations, the Special Counsel’s Office removed Peter Strzok from the investigation.”

But Mueller still has broad support on Capitol Hill among Republican leadership. Both Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Energy: Pelosi vows bold action to counter 'existential' climate threat | Trump jokes new light bulbs don't make him look as good | 'Forever chemicals' measure pulled from defense bill Overnight Health Care — Presented by Johnson & Johnson – House progressives may try to block vote on Pelosi drug bill | McConnell, Grassley at odds over Trump-backed drug pricing bill | Lawmakers close to deal on surprise medical bills GOP senators request interview with former DNC contractor to probe possible Ukraine ties MORE (R-Ky.) and House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanHouse Ethics Committee informs Duncan Hunter he can no longer vote after guilty plea Duncan Hunter pleads guilty after changing plea Trump campaign steps up attacks on Biden MORE (R-Wis.) have tamped down calls for Mueller to be fired, saying he should be allowed to do his job.