Any suggestion former FBI Director Robert Mueller will not carry out a truly independent investigation into Russian meddling in the U.S. elections or any possible collusion of Trump campaign officials is misplaced, Rep. Jason Chaffetz said.
"He is as good as it gets. His credentials are impeccable," Chaffetz told Fox News' "Tucker Carlson Tonight."
Mueller served under the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations.
Chaffetz, chairman of the House Oversight Committee, was responding to a statement by House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., who praised Mueller's appointment as special counsel, but warned, "Director Mueller will still be in the chain of command under the Trump-appointed leadership of the Justice Department. He cannot take the place of a truly independent, outside commission that is completely free from the Trump Administration's meddling."
But Chaffetz said Mueller, at age 72, has nothing to prove and has been silent politically since leaving the FBI.
Democrats likely have been feeling political heat, Chaffetz said, and that is why they have been pushing the investigation, but added, "I have not seen any evidence of actual collusion. Where is the actual crime that they think they need a special prosecutor to prosecute? I haven't seen it."
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