Robert Mueller

Robert Swan Mueller lll (born 7 August 1944) is an American lawyer and government official who served as the sixth Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 2001 to 2013.

After graduating from Princeton University he enlisted in the Marines in 1968. Upon completing OCS, jump school, and Ranger school, in July Mueller deployed to Vietnam and served as a rifle platoon leader with Second Platoon, H Company, 2nd Battalion, 4th Marines, 3rd Marine Division. He saw heavy combat in and around the DMZ (notably at Mutter’s Ridge), and was much admired by his men. His decorations include the Purple Heart and the Bronze Star for valor.

The National Archives initially sent Medic a summary of Mueller’s military service, consisting of three uneventful pages. One month later NARA sent 26 pages from Mueller’s Official Military Personnel File.

A 2018 Wired magazine article by Garrett M Graff, based on extensive interviews with Mueller and former grunts in his platoon, amply describes Mueller’s courage under fire as a Marine infantry officer in Vietnam.

After the war Mueller attended the University of Virginia School of Law and served both in government and private practice. He was an assistant United States attorney; a United States attorney; United States assistant attorney general for the Criminal Division; a homicide prosecutor in Washington, D.C.; acting United States deputy attorney general; and director of the FBI. Mueller was also a partner at the D.C. law firm WilmerHale before being appointed as special counsel investigating President Donald Trump. On May 29, 2019, he officially resigned his post and the Office of the Special Counsel was closed.