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Robert S. Mueller
6th Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
From: September 4, 2001 – September 4, 2013
Predecessor James Comey
Successor Louis Freeh

Robert Swan Mueller III was FBI director from 2001 until 2013. This spanned the administrations of Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Hussein Obama. Mueller is a central figure in both the Uranium One bribery scandal and the Trump-Russia investigation.

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.

Obama era

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.[1]

Uranium One

Main article: Uranium One bribery scandal

In 2009, the FBI began an investigation into corruption and extortion by senior managers of Tenex, a subsidiary of Rosatom, a Russian nuclear entity.[2] Robert Mueller was Director when the FBI the investigation into the Rosatom subsidiary was undertaken.[3]

The investigation was an intelligence probe into Russian nuclear officials. Mueller's investigation obtained an eyewitness, William Campbell, known as Confidential Source-1 (CS-1) in documents, recordings, and emails. The evidence indicates Russian nuclear officials sent millions of dollars destined for the Clinton Foundation during Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's tenure on the Committee on Foreign Investment of the United States (CFIUS). CFIUS is the government body that provided the approval of the sale of Uranium One to Rosatom.[4]

During the investigation, federal agents attempted to turn Vadim Mikerin on his bosses by showing him the evidence the FBI collected of relationships between “shell companies and other Russian energy officials, including President Vladimir Putin.” Mikerin refused and was arrested on charges of conspiracy to extort kickbacks for contracts to transport uranium from dismantled Russian warheads to power plants within the United States.[5] The investigation found kickbacks paid in cash and foreign wire transfers. From April 2009 to April 2011, the wire transfers went to Wiser Trading, registered in the Seychelles. From July 2011 to July 2013 - to the British Leila Global Limited account in a Latvian bank. And from August 2013 to May 2014 - to Ollins Development in the British Virgin Islands.

Director of British Leila Global Denny Banger, a Latvian citizen, appeared as a nominal director in a hundred organizations. [{Latvia]]n journalists participating in the Organized Crime and Corruption Reporting Project (OCCRP), found Banger.[6] He was listed as the head of several firms related to the "Magnitsky case".

TASS reported "the US authorities tried to exert pressure on Mikerin and persuade him to secretly cooperate against Russia." Mikerin's arrest was scheduled for early summer, but later in August the decision was overturned by prosecutors Rod Rosenstein and Adam Aik. On October 17, 2017 The Hill reported that

the FBI had gathered substantial evidence that Russian nuclear industry officials were engaged in bribery, kickbacks, extortion and money laundering designed to grow Vladimir Putin’s atomic energy business inside the United States, according to government documents and interviews.

Federal agents used a confidential U.S. witness working inside the Russian nuclear industry to gather extensive financial records, make secret recordings and intercept emails as early as 2009 that showed Moscow had compromised an American uranium trucking firm with bribes and kickbacks in violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, FBI and court documents show.

They also obtained an eyewitness account — backed by documents — indicating Russian nuclear officials had routed millions of dollars to the U.S. designed to benefit former President Bill Clinton's charitable foundation during the time Secretary of State Hillary Clinton served on a government body that provided a favorable decision to Moscow, sources told The Hill.

The racketeering scheme was conducted “with the consent of higher level officials” in Russia who “shared the proceeds” from the kickbacks, one agent declared in an affidavit years later.

Rather than bring immediate charges in 2010, however, the Department of Justice (DOJ) continued investigating the matter for nearly four more years, essentially leaving the American public and Congress in the dark about Russian nuclear corruption on U.S. soil during a period when the Obama administration made two major decisions benefiting Putin’s commercial nuclear ambitions...

Attorney General Eric Holder was among the Obama administration officials joining Hillary Clinton on the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States at the time the Uranium One deal was approved. Multiple current and former government officials told The Hill they did not know whether the FBI or DOJ ever alerted committee members to the criminal activity they uncovered.[7]
On October 18, 2017 calls for Special Counsel Robert Mueller's resignation in the Trump-Russia collusion hoax mounted over evidence tampering in the Uranium One bribery scandal and the Clinton Foundation.[8] The New York Post reported on Obama FBI and DOJ cover up of Russian crimes.[9] Attn. Gen. Loretta Lynch blocked an Campbell, the FBI informant, from testifying to Congress about his information that the Russian's wanted access to Bill and Hillary Clinton to influence the decision on the purchase of Uranium One.[10] The next day Newsweek reported
Before the [Uranium One] deal was brokered in 2009, the FBI under Robert Mueller—who is now special counsel in the Russia investigation into potential collusion with the Trump campaign—had begun an investigation into corruption and extortion by senior managers of a company owned by the Russian government’s nuclear company, Rosatom. According to court filings revealed by The Hill Tuesday, in 2009 the FBI found enough evidence to suggest Vadim Mikerin, who headed the Rosatom subsidiary Tenex, was corrupt and high-level officials at Rosatom knew about his bribery scheme. In 2014, he pled guilty in a U.S. court case to orchestrating more than $2 million in bribe payments through shadowy accounts in Cyprus, Latvia, and Switzerland.[11]

The House Oversight Committee began an investigation into Obama administration criminal activity involving Mueller, Hillary Clinton, Eric Holder, et al in relation to the bribery scam and national security breach that occurred when they approved the purchase of US uranium reserves by Russian oligarchs who were under criminal investigation by the FBI for extortion and money laundering.[12]

Independent counsel

In 2017 Mueller was appointed as special counsel to investigate Russian collusion and intervention in 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.

Mueller hired several investigators who were later found to be extremely biased against President Trump.[13]

See also


  1. https://wikileaks.org/plusd/cables/09STATE85588_a.html
  2. Government’s Response to Defendant’s Motion to Dismiss for Pre-Indictment Delay, United States v. Vadim Mikerin, Criminal No. TDC-14-0529 (D. MD) at 1. http://fcpa.stanford.edu/enforcement-action.html?id=583
  3. http://www.newsweek.com/how-robert-mueller-connected-probe-hillary-clintons-uranium-one-deal-688548
  4. http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/355749-fbi-uncovered-russian-bribery-plot-before-obama-administration
  5. Joel Schectman, U.S. sentences Russian nuclear official to four years for bribe scheme, Reuters (Dec. 15, 2015). The “Megatons to Megawatts” program converted uranium from thousands of Russian nuclear warheads for civilian use in U.S.nuclear power plants.
  6. Banger played on a basketball team for a Latvian company and told reporters someone used his personal information without his knowledge. The front companies identified in the Mikeran indictment are firms that receive money for third parties and transfer them for a fee, according to a partner of Paragon Advisory Group, Alexander Zakharov. They serve the interests of a different set of people.
  7. http://thehill.com/policy/national-security/355749-fbi-uncovered-russian-bribery-plot-before-obama-administration
  8. https://youtu.be/KyoiSuC7QkY
  9. http://nypost.com/2017/10/17/team-obamas-stunning-coverup-of-russian-crimes/
  10. https://www.circa.com/story/2017/10/18/judiciary-committee-calls-on-former-fbi-informant-to-testify-about-uranium-one
  11. http://www.newsweek.com/how-robert-mueller-connected-probe-hillary-clintons-uranium-one-deal-688548
  12. http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2017/10/22/house-also-probing-obama-era-uranium-one-deal-desantis-says.html
  13. Multiple references: