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

Sen. Chuck GrassleyChuck GrassleyDrug pricing debate going into hibernation GOP leaders host Trump's top deputies Key Republican wants details on Ohio State attacker 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 SessionsJeff Sessions#NeverTrump can love him or hate him, Trump always wins Republicans want to grease tracks for Trump Trump’s White House is a step backward in racial progress 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.