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) GaetzLiz Cheney: A profile in courage Cornyn is most prolific tweeter in Congress so far in 2021 GOP frustration with Liz Cheney 'at a boiling point' 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 GohmertPence to give keynote address at National Conservative Student Conference Gaetz, House Republicans introduce bill to defund Postal Service covert operations program 136 Republicans get Fs in accountability rankings from anti-Trump GOP group 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 ClintonMcConnell: Taliban could take over Afghanistan by 'the end of the year' Hillary Clinton: There must be a 'global reckoning' with disinformation Pelosi's archbishop calls for Communion to be withheld from public figures supporting abortion rights 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 ClintonNever underestimate Joe Biden Joe Biden demonstrates public health approach will solve America's ills McAuliffe rising again in Virginia 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.