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Biggs, others file House resolution asking Mueller to resign

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PHOENIX — U.S. Rep. Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) joined two of his colleagues Friday in filing a House resolution to ask special counsel Robert Mueller to resign because of a conflict of interest.

The resolution, authored by Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, accused Mueller of having a conflict of interest because he was the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation when former President Barack Obama’s administration approved the Uranium One deal in 2010.

Under the deal, a Russian-owned company purchased part of a Canadian company that controlled uranium interested in the United States.

Critics of the deal have alleged Mueller kept the public in the dark while officials — including then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton — allowed the agreement to go forward for personal gain, despite the risks it posted to the American public.

“Evidence has emerged that the FBI withheld information from Congress and from the American people about Russian corruption of American uranium companies,” Gaetz said in a press release. “A confidential U.S. witness, working in the Russian nuclear industry, revealed that Russia had deeply compromised an American uranium trucking firm through bribery and financial kickbacks.”

The resolution alleged the Mueller-led FBI required a confidential witness to sign a non-disclosure agreement and later threatened him when he attempted to speak to other government officials, thus keeping the Russian company’s plans from the spotlight.

“These deeply troubling events took place when Mr. Mueller was the director of the FBI,” Gaetz said. “As such, his impartiality is hopelessly compromised. He must step down immediately.”

Biggs has called several times for Mueller to step away from the investigation because of a conflict of interest. He also asked for another investigation into Clinton’s private email server.

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