GOP lawmaker calls for Mueller recusal over uranium deal
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A conservative House Republican is calling for Robert Mueller to resign as special counsel overseeing the FBI investigation of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government.

Rep. Matt GaetzMatthew (Matt) GaetzSoros rep: Fox News refuses to have me on Trump: 'I wouldn't be surprised' if Soros were paying for migrant caravan DeSantis claimed Gillum would appoint 'Soros-backed activists' if elected governor MORE (R-Fla.) introduced a resolution on Friday that argues Mueller is compromised because he served as FBI director when the Obama administration in 2010 signed off on a deal allowing a Russian company to purchase a Canadian energy company with uranium operations in the U.S.

“These deeply troubling events took place when Mr. Mueller was the Director of the FBI. As such, his impartiality is hopelessly compromised. He must step down immediately,” Gaetz said in a statement.

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Gaetz’s resolution currently has two cosponsors, both of whom are members of the House Freedom Caucus: Reps. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) and Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertSoros rep: Fox News refuses to have me on House conservatives want ethics probe into Dems' handling of Kavanaugh allegations Hillicon Valley: State officials share tech privacy concerns with Sessions | Senator says election security bill won't pass before midterms | Instagram co-founders leave Facebook | Google chief to meet GOP lawmakers over bias claims MORE (R-Texas).

Republicans on the House Intelligence Committee announced last week that they will probe the 2010 sale, which occurred while Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMeet the lawyer Democrats call when it's recount time Overnight Defense — Presented by Raytheon — Mattis defends border deployment during visit to troops | Bolton aide exits WH after clash with first lady | House blocks Yemen war resolution | Report warns of erosion in US military superiority Exit polls show more women breaking with Republicans MORE was secretary of State. However, there is scant evidence that Clinton was involved in approving the sale.

The Hill reported last month that the FBI had tracked Russians seeking to gain access to Clinton and her husband, former President Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonGillibrand sidesteps question on possible Clinton 2020 run Despite a divided government, the next Congress will provide opportunities for cooperation Lewinsky: I contemplated suicide after Clinton affair became public MORE. The FBI had gathered evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials engaged in bribery, kickbacks and money laundering to get into the U.S. energy market.

Following The Hill's reports, the Justice Department released a former FBI informant from a confidentiality agreement, which will allow him to testify before Congress about what he witnessed about Russia's efforts to grow its energy business in the U.S. 

Gaetz's resolution comes after Mueller's team revealed the first indictments of the Russia probe this week.

Trump's former campaign chairman, Paul Manafort, and Manafort's former business partner, Richard Gates, were charged with engaging in money laundering to conceal payments for work on behalf of a pro-Russia political party in Ukraine.

Another former Trump campaign aide, George Papadopoulos, pleaded guilty to lying to investigators about conversations with a Russian professor who claimed to have emails with "dirt" on Clinton.