Former Attorney General Eric Holder has warned congressional Republicans against removing special counsel Robert Mueller, who is overseeing the investigation into Russian collusion in the 2016 presidential election.
“Speaking on behalf of the vast majority of the American people, Republicans in Congress be forewarned:any attempt to remove Bob Mueller will not be tolerated,” Holder tweeted Thursday.
As new revelations surface indicating the bias that members of Mueller’s Russia probe have against President Donald Trump, some Republicans are claiming the entire investigation is tainted.
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But according to Holder, “These are BS attacks on him/his staff that are blatantly political-designed to hide the real wrongdoing. Country not party.”
Many Twitter users, though, pointed out thatt Holder has no room to talk.
Holder isn’t the only one trying to shield Mueller, as Senate Republicans are reportedly trying to save him from GOP fury as well, according to The Washington Post.
“There’s all kinds of reasons to believe there’s political interference, and we ought to get to the bottom of it,” Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles E. Grassley said. “I’ve got confidence in Mueller, as far as what he’s doing in the Trump-Russia investigation, and I don’t have any reason to believe otherwise.”
Even though several other GOP senators expressed their anger that biased FBI officials were allowed on Mueller’s team, they echoed similar sentiments.
“Mueller’s public service had been commendable up until now. … He’s a very capable guy and I don’t think you benefit by starting this process over again,” said Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri.
Other senators felt that Mueller had acted appropriately by removing FBI agent Peter Strzok from the Russia probe after he discovered Strzok had exchanged dozens of anti-Trump text messages with a colleague.
Nine of the 15 lawyers on Mueller’s team have reportedly made campaign contributions to Democrats, which many Republicans say creates an appearance of bias against Trump.
During his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein reassured the committee that he and Mueller “recognize we have … employees with political opinions.”