U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis (R-Fla.) has proposed legislation that would defund Special Counsel Robert Mueller's Russia investigation 180 days after becoming law.
That amendment would also prohibit the special counsel from investigating "matters occurring before June 2015." President Donald Trump announced his campaign in June 2015.
DeSantis, a Ponte Vedra Republican who was endorsed by Trump in 2012, filed the amendment to the House spending bill expected to be taken up by the lower chamber when it returns from congressional recess. As Politico notes, the House Rules Committee could exert its broad discretion to discard the amendment without a floor vote. In a statement to Politico, DeSantis complained that the order appointing Mueller "didn't identify a crime to be investigated and practically invites a fishing expedition," going on to say, "Congress should use its spending power to clarify the scope and limit the duration of this investigation."
Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein's May 17 order appointing former Department of Justice official and FBI Director Mueller as special counsel overseeing the FBI investigation states that its purpose is to investigate "Russian government efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election and related matters."
The order authorizes Mueller to investigate "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump" and "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation." It further authorizes Mueller to prosecute federal crimes uncovered in the course of investigating said matters.
Seems that's not specific enough for DeSantis, whose website's press release page reads like the highlights of a piece of Trump fan fiction.
Several Democrats in Congress have already indicated their intent to push back against the amendment, Politico reports.