Robert S. Mueller
|Robert S. Mueller|
|6th Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation|
From: September 4, 2001 – September 4, 2013
Although by law the position of FBI Director is limited to 10 years, in 2011 when Dir. Mueller's term expired there was widespread mistrust in President Obama's ability to appoint a new director to a 10-year term to investigate a myriad of questionable associations and dealings within the Obama administration, given the Independent Counsel law had lapsed and an administration would be free to appoint a special counsel to investigate itself rather than a 3-judge panel under the old law. With a bi-partisan consensus, Mueller was asked to stay on an additional two-years until after the 2012 Presidential election. Upon re-election, Obama appointed James Comey to fill the ten-year term, who subsequently was as fired by President Donald Trump for mishandling of the Hillary Clinton email scandal which brought the Federal Bureau of Investigation into disrepute among Clinton supporters and opponents, the Congress, and the public at large.
Background and career
Robert S. Mueller, III, was confirmed as Director of the FBI by the Senate on August 2, 2001. He took the oath of office on September 4, 2001. Director Mueller previously served as US Attorney for the Districts of Northern California and Massachusetts and as Assistant Attorney General in charge of the Department of Justice's Criminal Division. Director Mueller has experience in the private practice of law and is a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. For three years, he also served as an officer in the United States Marine Corps. Director Mueller holds a bachelor of arts degree from Princeton University, a master's degree in international relations from New York University, and a law degree from the University of Virginia.
In September 2009, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton arranged with the Russian government of Vladimir Putin for Robert Mueller to fly to Moscow and personally return 10 grams of highly enriched uranium (HEU) that the Department of Energy seized in a nuclear smuggling sting operation, which had been stolen from a Russian facility. Russian investigaters needed the HEU returned so as to identify which facility it was stolen from.
In 2017 Mueller was appointed as special counsel to investigate Russian cyber-intervention into the 2016 Presidential election, as the Acting Director of the FBI, Andrew McCabe, was already under internal FBI Inspector General investigation for conflicts of interest in both the Clinton email scandal and the FBI's Russia investigation.