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 TrumpHouse Dems demand Barr cancel 'inappropriate' press conference on Mueller report DOJ plans to release 'lightly redacted' version of Mueller report Thursday: WaPo Nadler accuses Barr of 'unprecedented steps' to 'spin' Mueller report 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 GrahamWhy Ken Cuccinelli should be Trump's choice for DHS Ten post-Mueller questions that could turn the tables on Russia collusion investigators GOP senators double down on demand for Clinton email probe documents 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 BookerHillicon Valley: Washington preps for Mueller report | Barr to hold Thursday presser | Lawmakers dive into AI ethics | FCC chair moves to block China Mobile | Dem bill targets 'digital divide' | Microsoft denies request for facial recognition tech Booker calls for sweeping voting rights reforms 20 Dems demand no more money for ICE agents, Trump wall 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 12:30 Report: Trump, Dems prep for Mueller report's release McConnell touts Trump support, Supreme Court fights in reelection video Why Ken Cuccinelli should be Trump's choice for DHS 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