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Ex-FBI Official Philip Mudd on Mueller: 'Judgment, Character, Integrity'

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By    |   Wednesday, 17 May 2017 10:20 PM

Former FBI official Philip Mudd praised the appointment Wednesday of Robert Mueller as special counsel to the agency's Russia investigation, saying that "there is literally no more well respected in law enforcement in the United States."

"Someone who has a reputation for integrity, for intelligence, for fairness," he told Anderson Cooper on CNN. "This is someone that both sides can trust.

"However, it does mean that this is going to be a very serious and almost certainly lengthy investigation – which cannot be good news to the White House."

Mudd spent five years under Mueller's helm as FBI director.

In 2005, he named Mudd to serve as deputy director of the FBI's new national security branch. Mudd had come to the agency from the CIA.

Mudd later because the FBI's senior intelligence officer before leaving public service in 2010. Mueller stepped down in 2013, having begun his service there a week to the day before the 9/11 attacks.

"Boy, on a personal and professional level, this is profound for me," an exasperated Mudd told Cooper. "For every American who feels turbulence, they can sleep tonight.

"Thirty-one years in and around public service, I never saw anything like him," he continued. "For any American who looks for a hero, in terms of integrity, judgment … .

"I saw him do personnel, political investigations that involved corruption. I watched him make decisions over a thousand terrorism cases.

"I went to him to war zones in places like Iraq.

"I never saw anything like it," Mudd said. "Judgment, character, integrity, humility."

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Former FBI official Philip Mudd praised the appointment Wednesday of Robert Mueller as special counsel to the agency's Russia investigation, saying that "there is literally no more well respected in law enforcement in the United States."
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