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GOP lawmaker: ‘Mueller should be fired’

GOP lawmaker: ‘Mueller should be fired’
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Rep. Louie GohmertLouis (Louie) Buller GohmertHouse 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 Trump: 'Fake news media’ didn’t cover when Obama said '57 states' in 2008 MORE (R-Texas) said Wednesday that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE should be fired from his position investigating Russia's election meddling and the Trump campaign.

“I think Mueller should be fired,” Gohmert said during the monthly “Conversation with Conservatives” meeting on Wednesday. “He should never have been appointed and he should never have accepted. He should be fired.”

Gohmert clarified that he thinks the president should not actually fire Mueller, because Republicans in Congress might impeach him if he did so.

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“The only reason that he is not going and the president is not going to fire him and that I am not calling for him to be fired now is ... because of all the establishment Republicans that think they would have to come after Trump if he were fired.”

Gohmert accused Mueller of being more interested in pursuing crimes that are in the “parameters” of what he is supposed to pursue.

“Anything beyond Russian collusion are things that could be investigated, should be investigated, by the current DOJ, the current FBI, and not a special counsel that is covering his own rear and his own problems that he created in allowing U.S. uranium to be sold,” Gohmert said about Mueller.

Mueller’s mandate from the Justice Department allows him to bring charges for any crimes he discovers during his investigation.

“I knew the day that Robert Mueller was appointed that he was a problem,” Gohmert said.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpFive takeaways from Cruz, O'Rourke's debate showdown Arpaio files libel suit against New York Times IMF's Christine Lagarde delays trip to Middle East MORE has taken a more aggressive stance toward Mueller recently. On Wednesday, Trump repeated his claim that Mueller’s investigation should never have been launched.