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 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 TrumpGrassroots America shows the people support Donald Trump Trump speaks to rebel Libyan general attacking Tripoli Dem lawmaker: Mueller report shows 'substantial body of evidence' on obstruction 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 GrahamJudiciary chairman issues subpoena for full Mueller report The Hill's Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now? Barr to allow some lawmakers to review less-redacted Mueller report as soon as next week 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 BookerButtigieg says he wouldn't be opposed to having Phish play at his inauguration Sanders announces first endorsements in South Carolina Buttigieg to fundraise in DC with major Obama, Clinton bundlers next month: report 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 Hill's Morning Report — Mueller aftermath: What will House Dems do now? Overnight Health Care: McConnell offering bill to raise tobacco-buying age to 21 | NC gov vetoes 'born alive' abortion bill | CMS backs off controversial abortion proposal HR 1 brings successful local, state reforms to the federal level and deserves passage 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