Conservative watchdog calls for Mueller to be removed
By Marisa Schultz September 11, 2017 | 4:15pm
WASHINGTON – Special Counsel Robert Mueller should be removed from the Russian investigationbecause of unethical grand jury leaks and for appointing Democrat donors to his legal team, according a complaint filed Monday by a conservative watchdog.
Larry Klayman, founder of the right-ring Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch, filed a lengthy letter with the U.S. Justice Department Monday requesting an ethics investigation into Mueller and his removal from office.
“Special Counsel Mueller must be removed as Special Counsel, as well as his conflicted staff, and this matter referred back to DoJ for the appointment of a new and ethical Special Counsel who will uphold his or her oath of office, rather than playing sleazy partisan politics with secret grand jury proceedings and this serious and important matter in general,” Klayman wrote.
Mueller has enjoyed broad bipartisan support from Congressional leaders and has the backing of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. But as the Russia investigation has heated up and swept up members of President Trump’s campaign and family, pressure has mounted from Trump allies to discredit — or even fire — Mueller.
Former Trump chief strategist Steve Bannon called the Trump’s firing James Comey the worst mistake in modern political history because it led to the appointment of Mueller. But he added that Mueller should not be fired, in an interview that aired Sunday on CBS’s “60 Minutes.”
Klayman takes issue that staff on Mueller’s team made donations to Democrats and challenges their impartiality in investigating the presidential campaign of Republican Donald Trump. The president had previously donated to Hillary Clinton and Democrats before winning the election in 2016.