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Congress is full of personal praise for Mueller
This file photo taken on August 1, 2013 shows Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller (C) laughing alongside CIA Director John Brennan (L) following a farewell ceremony in Mueller’s honor at the US Department of Justice. (AFP PHOTO)

Sen. John McCain, a Republican from Arizona, called Robert Mueller “a great choice for special counsel.” Sen. Charles E. Schumer, a Democrat from New York, called him “exactly the right kind of individual to serve as a special counsel in the Russia investigation.”

The initial reactions from many members of Congress were full of praise for the former FBI director.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.), while offering cautions on Mueller’s ability to conduct an independent investigation, called him “someone with a history of expertise and experience with the guts and backbone to stand up and speak out against any kind of political influence.”

Rep. Peter J. Roskam (R-Ill.) called him “a man of the utmost integrity.”

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) called Mueller “somebody we all trust.”

“There’s not anybody with as much credibility internally or whose integrity is as unimpeachable as Bob Mueller,” said Rep. Jim Himes (D-Conn.), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence.

There were a few members who were less openly enthused.

“I’m fine with it,” said Rep. Bill Flores (R-Texas), who was among those who had resisted an independent prosecutor.

Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.), chairman of the generally pro-Trump House Freedom Caucus, called it “a prudent move, and it certainly means that the administration is taking it seriously.”

But he suggested Mueller “comes with more credibility on the Democrat side than on the Republican side,” a remark he said was based on “sworn testimony that he’s given here on Capitol Hill since I’ve been here.”

This article originally incorrectly stated Schumer’s home state. It is New York.

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