Former FBI Director Robert Mueller is "egotistical" and "he's a problem," and should not have been named as a special counsel to lead the probe into Russia's meddling with last year's elections, Rep. Louie Gohmert said Thursday.
"I remember all too well the invaluable damage that that man did to the FBI," the Texas Republican told Fox News' "Fox & Friends" program about Mueller, who served as FBI director under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
"He had a five-year up or out program all across the country."
This meant that agents who had been in their positions for five years had to "come to either Washington or get out," claimed Gohmert. Mueller took that action, he continued, "Because he knew the young guys would salute the flag, salute him, and wouldn't have enough experience to know when they weren't doing something appropriate."
Mueller also "wastes money like crazy," Gohmert said. "This is not a good thing that just happened."
Further, Gohmert said, there has been no proof that Russia affected the election.
"Next thing, we have a special counsel?" he said. "This is really troubling. I know everyone is singing Mueller's praises."
If there was to be a special counsel on Russia, then there should have been one for Hillary Clinton, as former Attorney General Loretta Lynch "should have recused herself on multiple things," said Gohmert.
"There were a number of things that required a special counsel and I think that the reason some people didn't go to prison was because there was not a special counsel," he said. "Now we turn around with any proof of wrongdoing at all."
Gohmert also called the news that fired FBI Director James Comey had written a memo after his dinner at the White House in February into question, although he conceded it would have been appropriate for him to keep a written record.
"If he is so good at taking memos as we are hearing, where were they on other issues?" Gohmert said.
"Surely he talked to Loretta Lynch about the meeting with Hillary Clinton," he continued, making a reference to the former attorney general's tarmac meeting that occurred not with the Democratic nominee herself, but with her husband, former President Bill Clinton.
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