Phillip Mudd, ex-CIA official, was full of praise for Robert Mueller, former FBI Director, who has just been named as special counsel in the investigation into the Trump campaign’s alleged ties with the Russian government and Russia’s possible interference in the 2016 US presidential elections. He made the comments on Wednesday on CNN.
“I understand you know Robert Mueller, you’ve worked with him,” Wolf Blitzer asked. “What do you think?”
“For four and a half years of sitting down the hall from him I saw one two three times a day threaten meetings, personnel meetings, meetings with three attorneys general,” Mudd answered.
“I can tell you, every American who thinks that this is a moment of turmoil, whether they like the president or not, should breathe easy tonight,” he continued. “Robert Mueller is solid ground. I saw presidents, kings, prime ministers, secretaries of state, CIA directors, the former U.S. Attorney in New York said he’s one of the best.”
“He is not one of the best, Robert Mueller,” Mudd emphasized. “He is, the best I ever saw. Leadership, judgement, decision-making, and I know him personally, he would hate me to say this, the man has a heart and a sense of humor.”
“There is nobody better at doggedly pursuing a target without being subjected to any pressures from Congress,” he added, “the president, the media, anybody in the FBI, the attorney general, the deputy attorney general.”
“There is nobody better, Wolf, I can’t say it any clearer,” Mudd concluded.
After several Democrats and opponents of President Trump demnaedd that the investigation be safe from the White House’s influence, Mueller was named as the special prosecutor in the case. The New York Times’ “Comey memo” revelation potentially helped expedite the decision, because of its allegations that Trump tried to close an FBI investigation into his former national security advisor, Mike Flynn.