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's no racist — he's an equal opportunity offender Press: Acosta, latest to walk the plank The Hill's Morning Report — Trump retreats on census citizenship question 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 TrumpAmash responds to 'Send her back' chants at Trump rally: 'This is how history's worst episodes begin' McConnell: Trump 'on to something' with attacks on Dem congresswomen Trump blasts 'corrupt' Puerto Rico's leaders amid political crisis 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 ClintonHillary Clinton slams Trump rally: 'The time has come again' to fight for democracy Trump blasts minority Democrats, rally crowd chants 'send her back' The Memo: Democrats debate Trump response – 'Being righteous and losing sucks' 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 ComeyFBI's spreadsheet puts a stake through the heart of Steele's dossier Hannity invites Ocasio-Cortez to join prime-time show for full hour The Hill's 12:30 Report: Acosta under fire over Epstein plea deal 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.