Meet Robert Mueller, the former FBI director and tenacious investigator now leading the Trump-Russia probe

Robert Mueller

It’s been almost five months since Robert Mueller became the special counsel in the investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 elections and whether President Donald Trump’s campaign colluded with the Kremlin.

In Washington, Mueller has a reputation for being a tenacious investigator. Both Republicans and Democrats welcomed his appointment in May with bipartisan backing.

The increasing breadth of his investigation, however, has irked some Trump supporters.

Mueller’s colleagues, meanwhile, say he has proven his bipartisan bona fides over the years. After all, he served under both Republican and Democratic presidents as FBI director and as an attorney in the Department of Justice.

As the probe into Trump and his associates heats up, here’s a look at Mueller’s history:

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Born Robert Swan Mueller III in New York City in 1944, “Bob” grew up in the suburbs of Philadelphia, the elder brother to four younger sisters. Their father was an executive at DuPont. He captained the soccer, hockey, and lacrosse teams in high school.

Sources: FBI, St. Paul’s School

Mueller went to undergrad at Princeton University, got his Master’s in international relations from New York University, and graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1973.

Source: FBI

When one of his friends died in the Vietnam War, Mueller was inspired to join the military. He had been previously pursuing a career in the medical field.

Source: Princeton Alumni Weekly

 

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