Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz is calling for the resignation of Trump-Russia special council Robert Mueller, claiming that the former FBI director has a conflict of interest involving a seven-year-old Obama administration deal that allowed a Russian-owned company to mine American uranium. The Fort Walton Beach Republican’s claim is a stretch, but that’s not the real problem.
— ALT DOJ (@ALT_DOJ) November 3, 2017
In 2008, Rep. Gaetz was arrested for drunk driving, but he wasn’t subjected to the penalties other Florida drivers face when they drive drunk. Rep. Gaetz skated past laws that would have put anyone else in jail. That makes him the last person in Congress with the credibility to accuse anyone of being unethical.
According to the Tampa Bay Times:
He didn’t have his license suspended for a year when he refused the breath test — as Florida law dictates. And he didn’t have that refusal used against him in a criminal proceeding. Charges against Gaetz were dismissed after events that included, among other things, the forced resignation of the arresting officer.
A real-life, convicted criminal serving not a prison sentence but in the US House! And now shooting for obstruction & a cell with Trump.
— H Wayne Storey (@HWayneStorey1) November 4, 2017
Despite his easy exit from a DUI arrest, Rep. Gaetz is pointing his arguably crooked finger at special council Robert Mueller, as the Pensacola News Journal reports:
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.
That led Rep. Gaetz and two other Republicans, Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.) and Louie Gohmert (R-Texas), to introduce a bill that declares Mr. Mueller, “unfit to lead the probe because of his relationship with James Comey, his successor at the bureau,” according to Politico.
There doesn’t appear to be much support among the rest of the Republican-controlled House to follow through on the bill, although that could change. Instead, it’s being viewed as a desperate attempt to divert attention from an emerging coverup by members of the Trump campaign, and Trump himself, over alleged collusion and criminal acts with Russian officials during the 2016 presidential campaign.
Rep. Gaetz does appear to know a thing or two about conflicts of interest. In the case of his DUI arrest, the interest would be himself, and the conflict would be owning-up to Florida drunk driving laws.