GOP lawmaker rips Mueller: If he were more biased, we'd have to give him credentials for mainstream media

Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) tore into special counsel Robert Mueller, saying Mueller would have to get credentials for the mainstream media if he were any more biased.

"It's just outrageous to see this biased Mueller probe continue," Gaetz, a frequent critic of Mueller, said during an interview on Fox News on Tuesday.


"If Bob Mueller were any more biased, we'd have to give him credentials for the mainstream media."

He noted during the interview he has been calling for Mueller to be fired for months.

Gaetz also targeted Attorney General Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsTrump attacks Sessions: A 'total disaster' and 'an embarrassment to the great state of Alabama' Ocasio-Cortez fires back at Washington Times after story on her 'high-dollar hairdo' Trump's tirades, taunts and threats are damaging our democracy MORE, who earlier this year recused himself from the federal investigation into Russia's interference in the U.S. elections.

"We've got an attorney general who's a spectator rather than the leader of the Department of Justice and that undermines our democracy," Gaetz said during the interview.

"There's no legal requirement for him to have recused himself in this matter. He needs to step up, be the attorney general, fire Mueller and appoint a second special counsel to evaluate the Clinton Foundation."

Earlier this month, Gaetz said he spoke with President TrumpDonald John TrumpZuckerberg launches public defense of Facebook as attacks mount Trump leaning toward keeping a couple hundred troops in eastern Syria: report Warren says making Israel aid conditional on settlement building is 'on the table' MORE personally to tell him that Mueller's probe was "infected with bias" against Trump, according to Politico

A few other Republicans who have been critical of Mueller's probe have also indicated they previously communicated with the White House about the Russia investigation.

Mueller, a former FBI director, is investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential race and whether the Trump campaign colluded with Moscow. 

President Trump has repeatedly referred to the Russia probe as a "witch hunt" has denied collusion between his campaign and Russia.

Trump this past week took to Twitter to step up his attacks on FBI officials.

He has argued that officials within the FBI have exhibited bias against him and that the bureau failed in not bringing charges against Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonClinton trolls Trump with mock letter from JFK to Khrushchev Trump-Graham relationship tested by week of public sparring Sunday shows — Mulvaney seeks to tamp down firestorm over quid pro quo comments, Doral decision MORE when it investigated her use of a private email server while serving as secretary of State.

This past weekend, he publicly lashed out at FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe, who he argues is biased given political donations his wife took from a political action committee close to Bill and Hillary Clinton. McCabe worked with former FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyFederal prosecutors interviewed multiple FBI officials for Russia probe review: report State cites 38 people for violations in Clinton email review GOP cautions Graham against hauling Biden before Senate MORE — whom Trump fired earlier this year — on the Clinton probe.

Reports this past weekend said McCabe is looking to retire from the bureau in the coming months, as the No. 2 FBI official faces heated criticism from Republican lawmakers and the president himself.