Former FBI official says Mueller won’t be ‘colored by politics’ in Russia probe

Former FBI official Kevin Brock on Thursday said that special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe MORE is unbiased and won't be “colored by politics” in his ongoing Russia investigation, citing his personal working experience with the former FBI director.

“In my personal dealings with him, I’ve never heard him utter a word in any situation — I’ve been in many, many meetings, even in hallway conversations — [that] gave any indication of what his political leanings were or any biases or anything like that,” Brock, who served as a former assistant director of intelligence at the FBI for 23 years, told Hill.TV’s Krystal Ball.

“The man is a prosecutor, that’s what he does. If he sees an opportunity to bring somebody to justice — he’s going to do that and it’s not going to be colored by politics,” he continued.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump calls Sri Lankan prime minister following church bombings Ex-Trump lawyer: Mueller knew Trump had to call investigation a 'witch hunt' for 'political reasons' The biggest challenge from the Mueller Report depends on the vigilance of everyone MORE has repeatedly lashed out at Mueller, calling his investigation into Russian election interference and possible collusion between Moscow and the Trump campaign a “witch hunt” and a “hoax.” 

Trump in November claimed that Mueller was “a conflicted prosecutor gone rogue” who was doing “TREMENDOUS damage” to the criminal justice system.

Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have called for legislation that would safeguard Mueller and his investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. 

In April, Sen. Lindsey GrahamLindsey Olin GrahamHillicon Valley: House Dems subpoena full Mueller report | DOJ pushes back at 'premature' subpoena | Dems reject offer to view report with fewer redactions | Trump camp runs Facebook ads about Mueller report | Uber gets B for self-driving cars DOJ: Dem subpoena for Mueller report is 'premature and unnecessary' Dems reject Barr's offer to view Mueller report with fewer redactions MORE (R-S.C.) co-sponsored a bill with Sens. Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), Christopher CoonsChristopher (Chris) Andrew CoonsMenendez, Rubio lead Senate effort to regulate Venezuelan sanctions Dem report questions State Dept. decision to revoke award to Trump critic Senate Dem calls on Trump to apologize for attacks on McCain MORE (D-Del.) and Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerWarren unveils plan to cancel student loan debt, create universal free college The Hill's Morning Report - Is impeachment back on the table? Booker: Barr's suggestion of spying on Trump campaign 'eroded' public's trust MORE (D-N.J.) to protect Mueller. The bill would essentially codify Department of Justice regulations that say a special counsel can only be fired by a senior official and would give them the ability to challenge their firing in court.

Even though the bipartisan legislation was overwhelmingly approved by the Judiciary Committee, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellThe Mueller report is a deterrent to government service Senate Republicans tested on Trump support after Mueller Anti-smoking advocates question industry motives for backing higher purchasing age MORE (R-Ky.) has blocked the bill from reaching the Senate floor. 

McConnell argues that such a bill is “not necessary” because he doesn’t believe Trump would ever fire Mueller.

– Tess Bonn