Speaker Ryan: Mueller is 'anything but' a Dem partisan

Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanPelosi: 'Thug' Putin not welcome in Congress Interior fast tracks study of drilling's Arctic impact: report Dems unveil slate of measures to ratchet up pressure on Russia MORE (R-Wis.) on Monday defended special counsel Robert Mueller, who is leading the Justice Department's investigation into the Russia election interference, saying he's "anything but" a Democratic partisan. 

"I don't think many people are saying Bob Mueller is a biased partisan. He's really, sort of, anything but," Ryan said on the Wisconsin-based radio program "The Jay Weber Show," which the Washington Examiner highlighted.

Ryan pointed to Mueller's resume and his tenure as FBI director under the Republican administration of former President George W. Bush. 

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"Remember, Bob Mueller is a Republican, who was appointed by a Republican, who served in the Republican administration, who crossed over and stayed on until his term ended," Ryan said.

The Speaker argued that both the federal and congressional probes investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia actually "de-politicizes this stuff."

"The point is we have an investigation in the House, an investigation in the Senate and a special counsel, which sort of de-politicizes this stuff and gets it out of the political theater, and that is, I think, better to get this off to the side," the Wisconsin lawmaker continued. "I think the facts will vindicate themselves, and then let's just go do our jobs."

Ryan told Weber that despite the large level of attention being paid to the Russia probe, House Republicans are busy "working on the problems people care about, their problems."

Ryan's defense of Mueller comes one day after White House counselor Kellyanne Conway slammed Mueller for his "band of Democratic donors." 

Multiple outlets also reported last week that the president's legal advisers are digging into Mueller’s team in an attempt to find possible conflicts of interest that the White House could point to and call foul.

Trump’s lawyers deny the reports that they are engaging in opposition research of Mueller and his team. 

Trump and his team, however, have warned that they will take action if Mueller takes the investigation beyond its scope of Russian election meddling.

Trump told The New York Times in an interview last week it would be out of line for the special counsel to investigate his and his family's financial records as part of the probe.