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Robert Mueller is an American lawyer who was the sixth director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He served the organization from the year 2001 to 2013 who is a Republican. He was appointed by President George W Bush and his original term was given a two-year extension by President Barack Obama which makes him the longest-serving FBI- Director after J. Edgar Hoover. Currently, Mueller serves as a special counsel to Justice Department in order to oversee the investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 United States election.

Robert Mueller Early Life

Robert Mueller was born on August 7, 1944, at Doctor Hospital, Manhattan as the first child Alice C. Truesdale and Robert Swan Mueller Jr. He is the eldest child and has four younger sisters namely Susan, Sandra, Joan, and Patrica. Mueller is original German, English, and Scottish descent.

Robert Mueller Education

Mueller grew up outside Philadelphia in Pensylvania and he graduated from St. Paul’s School in Cocoon, New Hampshire in the year 1962. He went on to pursue his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1966 at the Princeton University. He also earned an MA degree in International relations from New York in the year 1967 before he pushed his Juris doctor degree. After a brief period of 6 years, he graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law and he served there on Virginia Law Review.

Robert Mueller career

 Military service

Mueller’s lacrosse teammate David Spencer Hackett died in the Vietnam war and this was the major decision he decided to join military. He joined the United States Marine Corps in 1968 and went on to have his training at Parris Island, Officer Candidate School, Army Ranger School, and Army jump school.

Robert Mueller served in the Marine corps.
Robert Mueller served in the Marine corps.

He went to the Vietnam war and became the aide-de-camp to 3rd Marine Divison commanding general. He got many decorations and awards for it like the Combat Action Ribbon, Purple heart Medal, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal and Parachutist Badge.


In the year 1973, Robert received his law degree and then he worked as a litigator at a girl in San Francisco which was named as Pillsbury, Madison, and Sutro until 1976. After that, he went on to serve the United States Attorney Office for 12 years. He prosecuted and investigated major financial fraud, terrorism, and public corruption cases as well as narcotics conspiracies and international money launderers.

Additionally, he served as a partner at the Boston law girl Hill and Barlow but he soon returned to government service.  In the year 1989, he joined the United States Department of Justice as an assistant to Attorney general Dick Thornburgh. During his tenure there he overlooked the prosecutions of Pan Am Flight 103(Lockerbie bombing case). Gambino crime family boss John Gotti. He was also elected as a fellow of the American College of Trial lawyers in the year 1991.

In the year 1993, he served as a partner in Boston’s Hale and Dorr with a specialization white-collar crime litigation. Again in the year 1995, he returned to public service as senior litigator in the District of Columbia, United States Attorney Office. From 1998 to 2001 he was the US Attorney for the Northern District of California.

Tenure as FBI Director

In the year 2001 the then president George W Bush nominated Robert for the director of FBI. He served as acting deputy attorney-general of the US Department of Justice for several months before being the FBI director official on September 4, 2001.

In 2004, Mueller famously threatened to resign if then-President Bush reauthorized a wiretapping program Mueller believed to be illegal. Bush ultimately caved, and the program was modified.

In 2006, Mueller threatened to resign again, this time amid the corruption investigation of William Jefferson, a Democratic representative from Louisiana. After the FBI conducted a raid on Jefferson’s office, Congressional leaders and White House officials accused the agency of violating the separation of powers. White House aides ordered the FBI to return seized documents, and Mueller threatened to resign in protest. The White House eventually backed down and Mueller remained in his post.

President Barack Obama extended the tenure of Mueller as FBI director.
President Barack Obama extended the tenure of Mueller as FBI director.

In May 2011, Barack Obama asked Mueller to continue at the helm of the FBI for two additional years beyond his normal 10-year term, which would have expired on September 4, 2011. The Senate approved this request on July 27, 2011. On September 4, 2013, Mueller was replaced by James Comey.

On June 19, 2017, Mueller was cleared from potential prosecution by the Supreme Court for post 9/11 detention of Muslims under policies then brought into place.

After FBI

After leaving FBI Mueller served a one year term at Stanford University as consulting professor where he focused especially on issues like cybersecurity. He also joined the law firm WilmerHale as a partner in its Washington office in 2014.

In January 2016 he was appointed as Settlement Master in the US consumer litigation over the Volkswagen emissions scandal and it resulted in $11.2 billion in customer settlements. On April 6, 2017, he was appointed as Special Master for disbursement of $850 million and $125 million for automakers and consumers.

 Special Counselor to Justice Department

On May 17, 2017, Mueller was appointed as a special counselor for the United States Department of Justice by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Mueller had the role of investigating links and connection between the Russian government and their involvement in the campaign of the current President Donald Trump.

This appointment followed a series of events like the firing of the current FBI director, and Donald Trump asking James Comey to drop the investigation of former National security advisor Michael T. Flynn.


Robert Mueller Married Life


Robert Mueller married his high school sweetheart Ann Cabell Standish in September 1966 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Sewickley, Pennsylvania. Both of them are blessed with two daughters Cynthia and Melissa. Both of their daughters are married and have three grandchildren.

Robert Mueller with his family.
Robert Mueller with his family.


Controversies of Robert Mueller

Robert Muller during Russia investigation
Robert Muller during Russia investigation

On December 16, 2017, Mueller’s team was accused of obtaining unauthorized access to tens of thousands of transition emails by the Lawyers. That represented the Trump transition team writing to members of Congress during the course of Russia investigation. The one who accused Mueller’s team also claimed that it included the documents protected by attorney-client privilege. However, Muller’s representatives denied the accusation. The New York Times reported on January 25, 2018, that President Donald Trump had ordered to fire Mueller in June 2017. However, instead of carrying out the order that was given by President Donald Trump, White House counsel Donald McGahn threatened to quit his job. On April 10, 2018, The New York Times again reported that President Trump had made a second attempt to fire Mueller in December 2017.

During a press briefing on April 10, 2018, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders said that President Donald Trump believes that he has got the power to fire Mueller. On April 11, 2018, legislation was introduced by a bipartisan group of senators which would make it harder to fire Mueller to investigate Russian meddling in 2016 election. The Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act also ensure that Muller cannot be fired until it is a good cause. On July 23, 2018, the first criminal trial in the Russia Investigation was delayed by a week.

The net worth of Robert Mueller

According to some reports, the estimated net worth of Robert Mueller is $18 million. He earns an annual income of $2 million. Robert Mueller also owns 4 luxurious brand cars.

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