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Rep. Franks Calls on Mueller to Resign

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By    |   Tuesday, 01 Aug 2017 07:39 AM

U.S. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., is calling for the resignation of special counsel Robert Mueller, The Hill is reporting.

Mueller is directing the Department of Justice's Russia probe and Franks claimed he is violating a law prohibiting him from serving if he has a "conflict of interest," according to the website.

Franks, a member of the House Judiciary Committee, maintained the law bars "a personal relationship with any person substantially involved in the conduct that is the subject of the investigation or prosecution," The Hill said.

A May 18 story by Fox News said Mueller and ousted FBI Director James Comey have had a long and close relationship dating back to 2003.

And The Hill noted Mueller's investigation has expanded to include President Donald Trump's decision to fire Comey.

"Bob Mueller is in clear violation of federal code and must resign to maintain the integrity of the investigation into alleged Russian ties," Franks said.

"Those who worked under them have attested he and Jim Comey possess a close friendship, and they have delivered on-the-record statements effusing praise of one another.

"Accordingly, the law is also explicitly clear: he must step down based on this conflict of interest."

The Washington Examiner noted Franks, a member of the House Freedom Caucus, also said members of Mueller's investigative team donated to Democrat Hillary Clinton's presidential campaign last year.

"Until Mueller resigns, he will be in clear violation of the law, a reality that fundamentally undermines his role as special counsel and attending ability to execute the law," Franks said.

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U.S. Rep. Trent Franks, R-Ariz., is calling for the resignation of special counsel Robert Mueller, The Hill is reporting.
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