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On Friday, Bloomberg provided not just a story to warn Americans that President Trump’s upcoming Supreme Court pick could rein in the powers of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, but also a video, with quotes from its own reporters, to detail what a wonderful person Mueller is.

The Bloomberg reporter, Steven Dennis, supports for Democrats blocking the nomination.

Trump’s pick “could cast a deciding vote on constitutional challenges arising” from the Mueller investigation, “and Democrats say that creates a potential conflict of interest that should be resolved,” Dennis wrote.

“Blazer, white shirt, red or blue pattern tie. This is the unchanging uniform of one of Washington’s most respected insiders and the Justice Department’s pick to lead the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 election,” the video, 4:13 in length, begins.

It then goes into Mueller’s life story.

“From dedicated war hero to crusading prosecutor to unyielding FBI director, this is how Robert Mueller came to be considered the least-biased man in America.”

He grew up in Philadelphia, attended a prestigious high school where he was captain of three varsity teams, then, after earning his masters and learning of the death of a friend in Vietnam, volunteering for the Marines, where he “commanded a rifle platoon and received decorations, including a Purple Heart.”

“’He wasn’t Army. He wasn’t the Navy.  He was a Marine – the toughest, most hard-core of the Armed Forces,” gushed Greg Farrell, whom the video identifies as a reporter for legal affairs and regulatory issues for Bloomberg.

After Vietnam, we learn Mueller got his law degree from the University of Virginia, then rose quickly through the ranks as a federal prosecutor to become head of the Department of Justice’s Criminal Division, where he “oversaw several high-profile cases,” including that of former Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega, former mob boss John Gatti and those believed responsible for the Lockerbie air bombing.

After that, he went into private practice.

“But it wasn’t for him,” Chris Strohm, Blomberg national security reporter, tells us admiringly. “He quit his job as a very highly paid white-shoe law firm partner to prosecute homicide cases in the nation’s capital. That’s the dedication you can see here.”

In 2001, shortly before the 9/11 attacks, Mueller was appointed director of the FBI. Strohm, again admiringly, says Mueller was just what the agency – and America – needed.

“He is a bit of a taskmaster,” Strohm said on the video. “He wanted to upgrade the quality of the office, and he did. It wasn’t pleasant for everyone who was there, but it was something that needed to be done.

The video points out President Obama appointed Mueller for a 2-year extension of his 10-year term and Mueller was unanimously approved both for the original term and the extension by the U.S. Senate.

It then goes into the story of how Mueller and James Comey stopped George W. Bush White House officials Alberto Gonzalez and Andrew Card from getting then-Attorney General John Ashcroft to reauthorize a warrantless spying program from his hospital bed, painting Mueller – who came only after Comey learned about it and called him – as the hero.

“In a showdown at George Washington University hospital, Mueller and Comey stood side-by-side to prevent officials from the Bush administration from trying to force Ashcroft to reauthorize the program while laying in his hospital bed,” Strohm said on the video.

And don’t even think Mueller could have his own conflicts of interest investigating a case that involves Comey, his longtime friend.

Again Strohm: “It’s clear from his almost 40 years of public service that Mueller is dedicated to the job. You’d have to be pretty much a dead-ender not to believe Bob Mueller.”

This may be Mueller’s toughest case yet, but he’s ready.

“Can’t think of anybody who would be better than Mueller to do the investigation,” Strohm says. “He has a history of standing up to power. He has a history of standing up to presidents.”

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