Gaetz on Special Counsel: ‘Put Up or Shut Up’ — Says GOP Colleagues Should Join Him in Calling for Mueller’s Firing

Friday on CNN’s “New Day,” Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL) criticized the ongoing special counsel probe into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.

During his heated appearance, Gaetz pointed to the numerous conflicts of interest he said that went beyond just opinion, but were actions.

Gaetz told Chris Cuomo that special counsel Robert Mueller should “put up or shut up,” then proceeded to argue his GOP colleagues should join him in calling for the Mueller’s firing.

“Look, the timeline is what it is, right?” Gaetz explained. “And the fact that Mueller after getting rejected for getting his own job back and picks Andrew Weissmann to be his number two and — look, you’re telling me Bob Mueller couldn’t pick somebody to be his number two that didn’t attend the Hillary Clinton election party? The same Andrew Weissmann who wrote Sally Yates an email praising her for directly defying an order from the president of the United States? Conflicts of interests abound.”

“This isn’t an opinion,” he added. “It’s action, Chris. You’ve got Weissmann sending an email on his DoJ account praising somebody for defying the president. That is not an opinion. That is an action — on government time, on government email. When [Peter] Strzok says I’m going to be the insurance policy, when he talks about his girlfriend, Lisa Page, throwing out a plan in Andy McCabe’s office to undermine Donald Trump. These are actions that people are taking to undermine the duly elected president and to undermine the democracy in our country. And the elected representatives of the people, the Congress, have an obligation to expose this bias, to expose what I believe is a corrupt investigation. And I call on my Republican colleagues to join me in calling for the firing Bob Mueller. And look, it’s time for Mueller to put up or shut up. If there’s evidence of collusion with Russia, let’s see it.”

“They have an unlimited budget,” he added. “They have more people investigating Donald Trump than they had investigating the Oklahoma City bombing.”

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