Mueller, Robert Swan, 3d

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Mueller, Robert Swan, 3d

Robert Swan Mueller, 3d, 1944–, American law enforcement official, b. New York City, B.A. Princeton, 1966, M.A. New York Univ., 1967, J.D. Univ. of Virginia School of Law, 1973. After serving in Vietnam as a marine (1968–70), Mueller worked as a litigator for a law firm before becoming assistant U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California (1976–82), and assistant U.S. attorney (1982–86) and acting attorney (1986–87) for Massachusetts. With the U.S. Department of Justice from 1989, he became (1990) head of the department's criminal division and led the Lockerbie bombing (1988) investigation.

He returned to private practice (1993–95) then worked in the U.S. attorney's office for the District of Columbia (1995–98) and was U.S. attorney for the Northern District of California (1998–2001) and acting deputy attorney general under President George W. Bush. In 2001 he became director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation just before the Sept. 11th terrorist attacks, and he reorganized the FBI, emphasizing new counterterrorism initiatives and integrating it more tightly into the national security infrastructure. He returned to private practice in 2013. After James Comey was fired by President Trump over the FBI's investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, which involved possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign, Mueller was named special counsel for the Justice Dept. Russia investigation.

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