Prior to the confirmation vote, a number of senators came to the floor to praise Mueller for his service.

Sen. Chuck GrassleyCharles (Chuck) Ernest GrassleyGrassley blasts Democrats over unwillingness to probe Clinton GOP and Dems bitterly divided by immigration Thanks to the farm lobby, the US is stuck with a broken ethanol policy MORE (R-Iowa) said that even though the FBI has not operated perfectly since Mueller took over, the director has worked hard to improve the agency and deal honestly with congressional oversight. 

I appreciate his candor and I believe the FBI is in good hands with his leadership, Grassley said.

Sen. Jeff SessionsJefferson (Jeff) Beauregard SessionsGOP strategist donates to Alabama Democrat House passes concealed carry gun bill Rosenstein to testify before House Judiciary Committee next week MORE (R-Ala.) also praised Mueller.

I truly believe he represents the highest and the best ideals of American patriotism, Sessions said.

Muellers current term expires Aug. 2.