Republicans step up attacks on special counsel Robert Mueller
WASHINGTON — Republicans in Congress redoubled their attacks on the integrity of special counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation Wednesday, in what analysts believe is a concerted political strategy designed to discredit any potential Mueller findings that could argue for the impeachment of the president.
Seizing on newly released, politically charged text messages between two FBI officials who are no longer part of Mueller's investigation, Republicans used an oversight hearing of the House Judiciary Committee to accuse Mueller, a Republican, of conducting a tainted inquiry. They also charged that senior FBI officials have allowed political beliefs to influence the outcome of investigations.
"We are now beginning to better understand the magnitude of this insider bias on Mr. Mueller's team," said the chairman of the committee, Bob Goodlatte, a Republican from Virginia.