(National Sentinel)Â Political media:Â A GOP lawmaker from Arizona is calling on Special Counsel Robert Mueller to step down in light of his close, personal relationship with former FBI Director James Comey, even as The Associated Press falsely claimed there is â€œno evidenceâ€ the two men are close.
As reported by Lifezette, Franks further stated that the relationship between Mueller and Comey, both former FBI directors and former Justice Department colleagues, is a major conflict of interest.
â€œBob Mueller is in clear violation of federal code and must resign to maintain the integrity of the investigation into alleged Russian ties,â€ Franks said in a statement. â€œThose who worked under them have attested he and Jim Comey possess a close friendship, and they have delivered on-the-record statements effusing praise of one another.â€ He added thatÂ federal regulations require disqualification in cases of â€œa personal relationship with any person substantially involved in the conduct that is the subject of the investigation or prosecution.â€
In June, Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, also called on Mueller to â€œrecuse himselfâ€ from the investigation because of his â€œcozy relationshipâ€ with the former FBI director fired by President Donald J. Trump.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, a Trump confidante, has also said Mueller should step down, and for the same reason: His close, personal bond with Comey.
â€œTo the degreeÂ that Comeyâ€™s involved, Mueller, in theory,Â should recuse himself,â€ he told Fox Newsâ€™ Judge Jean Pirro in June. â€œThe rules of justice are very simple. You cannot be investigating somebody you are a personal friend of. And thatâ€™s why this whole thing is so absurdâ€¦ This whole thing is sick and we ought to understand how sick it is. If you look at who Mueller is hiring, it gets even sicker.â€
Even Comey himself has told Congress that he hoped his firing and subsequent leaking of a memo he had written about a meeting with Trump would trigger the appointment of a special counsel. (Related: The Associated Press retracts the false claim that 17 intelligence agencies agree on Russian â€œinterference.â€)
â€œI asked a friend of mine to share the content of a memo with the reporter, I didnâ€™t do it myself for a variety of reasons, but I asked him to because I thought that might prompt the appointment of a special counsel,â€ he told the Senate Intelligence Committee in June.
The next thing you know, one was appointed by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein: Robert Mueller, and after Mueller had discussed the possibility of taking his (and Comeyâ€™s) old job back as FBI director the day before his appointment.
â€œThe President did talk with him in the days before he was named special counsel,â€ Newsmax MediaCEO Chris Ruddy, a friend of the presidentâ€™s, told PBS after Muellerâ€™s appointment, as reported by CNN.
â€œI think thereâ€™s a conflict there. He had a private conversation with the President on his views about all sorts of matters potentially about the investigation,â€ Ruddy said. â€œAnd the next day heâ€™s now maybe using some of that information in his investigation.â€
But despite the fact that everyone in the D.C. Swamp knows Comey and Mueller are tight, The Associated Press doesnâ€™t. Hereâ€™s how the newswire service reported on Franksâ€™ call for Mueller to resign:
Mueller and Comey, both known for their integrity and self-assuredness, served closely alongside each other in the Bush administrationâ€™s Justice Department, and Comey has described Mueller as â€œone of the finest people Iâ€™ve ever met.â€ But thereâ€™s little evidence that they are close friends.
Then The Washington Postâ€™s May 2017 story calling the two â€œbrothers in armsâ€ and citing their â€œlong friendshipâ€ is incorrect?
Is this CNN story about the â€œhistoryâ€ between Mueller and Comey false?
Is this report saying â€œthey have been friends for years, including dinners and golf outings,â€ and that they have â€œa relationship that analysts said would not please the White Houseâ€ bogus?
In the world of the â€œmainstreamâ€ mediaâ€™s fake news reporting, this time the AP has really outdone itself.