Limit Mueller probe of Trump, says potential Florida governor candidate

U.S. Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Palm Coast, at a 2016 Republican Party of Florida meeting.

U.S. Rep. and potential 2018 Republican governor candidate Ron DeSantis, R-Palm Coast, wants to restrict special counsel Robert Mueller‘s investigation of President Donald Trump.

With Mueller looking into possible links between Russia and the Trump 2016 presidential campaign, DeSantis filed an amendment to a House spending measure that would cut off financing for Mueller’s investigation after six months.

The DeSantis amendment would also bar Mueller and his team from probing “matters occurring before June 2015,” which is when Trump launched his presidential campaign.

“Congress should use its spending power to clarify the scope and limit the duration of this investigation,” DeSantis said, according to Politico. DeSantis said Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein “has said that the DOJ doesn’t conduct fishing expeditions; the corollary to this admonition should be that Congress will not fund a fishing expedition.”

House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., has spoken against interfering in Mueller’s investigation, so it’s not clear if DeSantis’ amendment will get a hearing or vote.

DeSantis, a favorite of national conservative groups, has said he’ll decide in the fall whether to enter the GOP race for governor, which already includes Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam and state Sen. Jack Latvala, R-Clearwater. House Speaker Richard Corcoran, R- Land-O’Lakes, is also considering a GOP run.

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