Sen. Marco Rubio broke with fellow Florida Republican lawmakers to say he still supports special counsel Robert Mueller.
"From his reputation and everything I know about him, I remain convinced that when this is all said and done, Mueller is going to only pursue things that are true and he will do it in a fair and balanced way," Rubio said of Mueller in a News-Press interview published Friday.
Other Florida Republicans have attacked Mueller, who is conducting a wide-ranging investigation of Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election, as well as the FBI throughout the week.
Rep. Francis Rooney, R-Fla., said he would like to see a “purge” of the FBI and Department of Justice earlier in the week. Then on Wednesday, Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., said on "Fox and Friends" that he is concerned about potentially politically biased people working in high positions at the FBI.
Both Rooney and DeSantis’ comments come on the heels of text messages released between two FBI officials that show anti-Trump bias. The two FBI officials, Peter Strzok and Lisa Page, were temporarily assigned to Mueller’s team, before both being removed.
Rep. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., also said this week that Mueller should be removed and Attorney General Jeff Sessions should get involvedin the Russia investigation.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller to the position after the firing of FBI director James Comey and Sessions' recusal.
"If Bob Mueller were any more biased, we'd have to give him credentials for the mainstream media. ... I've been calling for Mueller to be fired for months now," Gaetz said on Fox News.
However, Rubio said he still believes Mueller will carry out the investigation, which is also looking into possible collusion with the Trump campaign, in a “fair and balanced way.”
"I think the best thing that can happen for the president, for the country and for everyone is that he be allowed to complete his investigation as thoroughly and as completely as possible and that we allow the facts from the investigation to lead where they may," Rubio said in the interview.
Rubio said in July that firing Mueller would be a “mistake.” The former 2016 presidential hopeful sits on the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is conducting its own probe into Russian meddling and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.
Despite calling the probe a "witch hunt," Trump and the White House repeatedly have thrown cold water on the notion that Mueller will be fired.
Trump told the New York Times on Thursday there has been “no collusion,” but that Mueller will treat him fairly.