Robert Mueller: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know

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Robert Mueller speaks at the International Conference on Cyber Security on August 8, 2013 in New York City. (Getty)

The Department of Justice has appointed Robert Mueller to serve as special counsel in the investigation into Russia’s role in the 2016 election.

This pick was announced on Wednesday evening, and the selection comes from Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.

Rosenstein said in a letter on Wednesday that Mueller will be investigating “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump.”

So who exactly is Robert Mueller? Here’s what you need to know about him.


1. He Served as Director of the FBI For 12 Years

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FBI Director Robert Mueller III testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during a oversight hearing on Capitol Hill December 14, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Getty)

Robert Mueller is a former director of the FBI.

Mueller was nominated to the position of FBI director in July 2001. The following month, the Senate voted unanimously to confirm him.

Mueller officially became FBI director on September 4th, 2001. As FBI directors serve for 10 years, Mueller’s term was set to expire in September 2011. However, President Barack Obama actually asked Mueller to stay on for an additional two years, and Mueller agreed to do so.

In 2013, Mueller was replaced by James Comey. After leaving the FBI, Mueller began working at the private law firm WilmerHale.

Robert Mueller was originally nominated to his FBI position under a Republican president, and according to a Washington Post article from July 2001, he is a registered Republican himself. However, he is not considered to be a political figure.

In fact, during Robert Mueller’s 2001 confirmation hearing, Democratic Senator Dick Durbin praised him.

“I am very impressed with your credentials, and I am certain that I speak for the vast majority of senators, Democrat and Republican,” Durbin said. “We feel that you are the right person for the job, and it is a big job. We met in my office to talk about some aspects of it, and in a very brief time, I was impressed by your candor and your insight.”


2. He Served in the Marine Corps During the Vietnam War

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Robert Mueller testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during a oversight hearing on Capitol Hill December 14, 2011 in Washington, DC. (Getty)

Robert Mueller is a military veteran.

In the 1970s, Mueller served in the U.S. Marine Corps during the Vietnam War. He enlisted shortly after graduating from Princeton.

In an interview with the University of Virginia School of Law, Mueller said that he followed in the footsteps of a close friend.

“I have been very lucky,” he said. “I always felt I should spend some time paying it back. One of the reasons I went into the Marine Corps was because we lost a very good friend, a Marine in Vietnam, who was a year ahead of me at Princeton. There were a number of us who felt we should follow his example and at least go into the service. And it flows from there.”

By the time Robert Mueller left the Marine Corps, he had earned a Bronze Star, the Purple Heart, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, and two Navy commendation medals.


3. He Worked in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts & Was U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California

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Robert Mueller testifies during a hearing before the House Judiciary Committee June 13, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. (Getty)

After graduating from the University of Virginia Law School, Mueller spent some time working for the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California in San Francisco, soon becoming chief of the criminal division.

Then, in 1982, Mueller became assistant U.S. attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts. From 1986 to 1987, he briefly served as acting United States Attorney for the District of Massachusetts.

In 1989, Mueller began working in the U.S. Department of Justice as an assistant to Attorney General Dick Thornburgh.

Robert Mueller subsequently spent several years working in private practice. He then became senior litigator in the District of Columbia United States Attorney’s Office’s homicide section.

Finally, in 1998, Mueller began serving as United States Attorney for the Northern District of California. He held this position until 2001, when he became the director of the FBI.

Mueller has said that he takes great satisfaction in bringing criminals to justice, especially in murder cases.

“Doing homicides, the victim’s family was always present in your mind,” he told the Virginia Law Review. “You’re trying to find and bring justice to them. Working as an assistant U.S. attorney, I’ve seen how people think that they can get away with things and skirt the law. Bringing them to justice is tremendous satisfaction.”


4. He Threatened to Resign if President Bush Did Not Alter the Wiretapping Program

Robert Mueller speaks during a news conference at the FBI headquarters June 25, 2008 in Washington, DC. (Getty)

While he was serving as director of the FBI, Robert Mueller once threatened to resign.

This came in 2004, not long after the Justice Department found that domestic wiretapping without a warrant was unconstitutional. Robert Mueller, along with then Deputy Attorney General James Comey, threatened to resign if President Bush overruled this Justice Department finding.

According to The Washington Post, in March 2004, Attorney General John Ashcroft was in intensive care, and White House Counsel Alberto Gonzales and Chief of Staff Andrew Card Jr. planned to convince him to reauthorize the program. This is what lead Mueller and Comey to threaten to resign.

“The sickbed visit was the start of a dramatic showdown between the White House and the Justice Department in early 2004 that, according to Comey, was resolved only when Bush overruled Gonzales and Card,” The Washington Post reported. “But that was not before Ashcroft, Comey, Mueller and their aides prepared a mass resignation, Comey said. The domestic spying by the National Security Agency continued for several weeks without Justice approval, he said.”

Ultimately, President Bush decided to change the wiretapping program to address the Department of Justice’s concerns.

In the years since, Mueller has generally defended domestic surveillance programs and has pushed back on the idea that civil liberties have been inappropriately encroached upon.

“Do we exchange information in ways we did not before? Absolutely,” Mueller told CNN in 2013. “You can say that that is a — to the extent that you exchange information between CIA, FBI, NSA and the like — you could characterize that as somehow giving up liberties. But the fact of the matter is, it’s understandable and absolutely necessary if you want to protect the security of the United States.  ”


5. The Pick Has Earned Widespread Praise

Robert Mueller arrives for a memorial service for the Pan Am Flight 103 Lockerbie bombing at Arlington National Cemetery December 21, 2011 in Arlington, Virginia. (Getty)

The pick of Robert Mueller as special counsel has received almost universal praise.

House Republican Jason Chaffetz, who recently said he would be subpoenaing James Comey’s notes on his meetings with Donald Trump, praised the pick and said that Mueller has impeccable credentials.

Democrats, too, have reacted positively to the news. Democratic Congresswoman Jackie Speier said on CNN on Wednesday that the choice is “remarkable” and that Mueller has an “impeccable” background. Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal said that Mueller is as good a pick as Democrats could possibly hope for.

Senator Bernie Sanders said that Mueller’s appointment is a positive step.

And Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said that Mueller is exactly the right kind of person to lead the investigation.

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dave

When Mueller prosecutes Flynn and Manafort but finds nothing on Trump, Senators Schumer, Sanders, and all other hysterical, paranoid Dims will say that Muelller was the wrong choice. Dims promised that Trump would be impeached. Midterms are in 18 months. If Mueller can do it, he better work fast and have indisputable evidence. .

Dims are flipping out: “Cory Booker: ‘The Russians are coming, what are we going to do about it?’—-Saba Hamedy, CNN

Anonymous

dave, how do you know that Mueller will prosecute “Flynn and Trump, but find nothing on Trump?” If so, call Mueller now, and save him the time and trouble of running his investigation. In fact, why don’t you just volunteer your services to the investigation, and save the taxpayers money?

Why only mention Booker’s comment, but fail to mention that while Trump allowed the Russian press into his meeting with the Russians last week, he excluded the American press? Paranoia runs both ways, dude.

dave

Anon, Good point. No paranoia here. I’m not a liberal snowflake running around screaming “The Russians are coming, what are we going to do about it?”
Mueller might not prosecute Flynn or Manafort. The FBI has been trying to find something for 10 months and they have nothing…..no evidence.. even with recorded phone calls, monitored meetings, and a lot of surveillance. You asked, “why don’t you just volunteer your services to the investigation, and save the taxpayers money?” Because the last thing Dims want is to save money. The snowflakes bet their political careers on “impeach Trump”.

Anonymous

Lame, dave . . . the Repubs are the majority in both Houses of Congress, and there is a so-called Repub in the White House . . . therefore, you have no impediments to volunteering your services.

Jillymaui - My Van Life Adventures

Ler’s hope Mueller gets to the truth, and that is all that matters. trump is the scariest leader in decades, or maybe ever and we need a special prosecutor who will not wilt under pressure.
Do a good job for all of us please.

Snowflake Alert

I completely agree with you. This has been a disaster. What little faith I had in Trump back in November quickly melted away when I saw him continue to tweet like an idiot. Then, he appointed some of the absolute worst individuals to leadership roles, continues to stonewall everyone on his taxes and how it has ties to both China and Russia, and now it’s coming out that his entire group of advisors and appointees have ties to the Russian Oligarchy. What do you think Paul Manafort has been doing since his days when he was “lobbying” for Viktor Yanukovych, Ferdinand Marcos, Mobutu Sese Seko, and Jonas Savimbi.

This was Trump “draining the swamp”? I get there is A LOT of questionable money in D.C., but you were expected to change that. You were supposed to use your business acumen to cut through the red tape and get things done, just like that ice skating rink. Your daughter was supposed to reign you in and show that as a team you are stronger. When you were inaugurated as President, you “reached the top of Everest”, but how many people have reached the top and not made it back down? You and your inexplicable supporters are still saying, “WELL WE WON, AND YOU DIDN’T!”, but in reality, you are still at the top of Everest, slowly freezing to death.

dave

“If you don’t drain the swamp fast enough, the swamp drains you”.
(All Obama hold-overs should have been fired on Day 1.)

Arkansaw Hillbilly

Trump is the scariest leader in decades? Spoken like a true liberal snowflake leftist dumb-ass! People like you make me want to puke…literally! President Trump is the only hope for the Citizens of this country and probably for all the world. I was a Democrat until he ran for office. I know the ways of the Dumocrats and I’m ashamed that I never woke up and got past wanting the win rather than what is best for America. Ignorance on my part…and ignorance on your part now as you spout your views. Hillary ROTTEN Clinton was/is the DEVIL! You better be glad she did not win. Had she won, we would be literally in the midst of the bloodiest revolution the world has ever known or would ever see. The result would be that you still would not get any handouts, freebies, or any of those over leftist socialistic gifts you think you are entitled to. Instead, you, I, and everyone else would be spending any extra money we had burying our loved ones because of an active bloody revolution simply because the dumb-asses of this world that are anti-gunners, anti-everything, wanted things their way. A special prosecutor serves only one purpose in this case and it is NOT to find anything that will help to impeach President Trump, because after almost two years of this witch hunt, nothing has bee found. It never will be. What it is going to do though, during a Russian investigation, is eventually lead back to Barrack Obummer who declared to the Russian leader he would have more leeway after he was elected….and it will lead to the Clintons and the email scandal and then to the reality that she did violate the law over and over, and yeppers…there will finally be a prosecution of this CORRUPT, CROOKED, DISHONEST, sleezy, sneaky, dirty, filthy demonic sorry excuse for a human being! Thank you for an honest prosecutor that will get down to the bottom of things.

Arkansaw Hillbilly

Snowflake…Trump is the scariest leader in decades? Spoken like a true liberal snowflake leftist dumb-ass! People like you make me want to puke…literally! President Trump is the only hope for the Citizens of this country and probably for all the world. I was a Democrat until he ran for office. I know the ways of the Dumocrats and I’m ashamed that I never woke up and got past wanting the win rather than what is best for America. Ignorance on my part…and ignorance on your part now as you spout your views. Hillary ROTTEN Clinton was/is the DEVIL! You better be glad she did not win. Had she won, we would be literally in the midst of the bloodiest revolution the world has ever known or would ever see. The result would be that you still would not get any handouts, freebies, or any of those over leftist socialistic gifts you think you are entitled to. Instead, you, I, and everyone else would be spending any extra money we had burying our loved ones because of an active bloody revolution simply because the dumb-asses of this world that are anti-gunners, anti-everything, wanted things their way. A special prosecutor serves only one purpose in this case and it is NOT to find anything that will help to impeach President Trump, because after almost two years of this witch hunt, nothing has bee found. It never will be. What it is going to do though, during a Russian investigation, is eventually lead back to Barrack Obummer who declared to the Russian leader he would have more leeway after he was elected….and it will lead to the Clintons and the email scandal and then to the reality that she did violate the law over and over, and yeppers…there will finally be a prosecution of this CORRUPT, CROOKED, DISHONEST, sleezy, sneaky, dirty, filthy demonic sorry excuse for a human being! Thank you for an honest prosecutor that will get down to the bottom of things.

Snowflake Alert

Given that you posted your comment twice, we can assume that you are probably elderly or have a mental deficiency. If you are elderly, then you are likely on Medicare and Social Security, both being SOCIALIST programs. But wait, those programs are good, right? Before you respond that you put money into Social Security, you should educate yourself on how much the average American draws from the program vs. what they contribute. Everyone else pays for you. That’s Socialism. Now, if instead you have a mental deficiency, and perhaps this is the case since you LITERALLY become violently ill when reading comments on the internet, then you should be concerned since there will be cuts to mental health in the new AHCA.

I really don’t care about Hillary. She can squawk all she wants, but she isn’t and will never be President. She may be all the things you say, but she will never be locked up, as promised by Trump. I think that is what really gets you angry. You were sold these promises, and now deep down, you know that you were lied to. The only response you have is to lash out and blame others.

I don’t collect anything from the Government. I use the roads and have access to public services (Police, Fire), but I am too young to collect Social Security or be on Medicare. It fact, it is projected that both of those programs will be bankrupt by the time I reach the minimum age. I pay into these Socialist programs, but I won’t see any of it. I don’t have children, and do not plan to have any. I pay for my neighbor’s kids to go to school with my State and Local taxes.

Last, I want to point out that you are LITERALLY filling the pockets of the Liberals you hate by interacting on the internet. Where do you think all of these companies are? Silicon Valley. The heart of California. These companies employ hundreds of thousands of Liberals. They are run by Liberals, and you are paying for it. So, thank you for paying my salary.

you'reallcrazy

That was totally stupid. You lost faith because he tweets like a normal person? What is your twitter handle? Which individuals are the absolute worst, and why? Nobody gives a shit about his taxes. “now it’s coming out that his entire group of advisors and appointees have ties to the Russian Oligarchy” Umm…no…that’s..well, stupid. Manafort is pretty scuzzy, I will agree. “You and your inexplicable supporters are still saying, “WELL WE WON, AND YOU DIDN’T!” “….yeah, that’s stupider that stupid. I’m being rude and dismissive. I think your comment warrants it. I don’t believe you are a real person. You sound like you’re wagging the dog. If you aren’t a paid commentor, you should fact check yourself (I don’t mean check the CNN website). That was stupid. You should never comment on a post again. I love you, have a wonderful night.

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