Between 2017 and 2019, one of the most popular names in the United States was that of Robert Mueller whose investigation, to a large extent, held the fate of President Donald Trump. Muller is a lawyer who served in various offices in the United States, including that of the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for more than a decade, from 2001 to 2013.
Read revealing facts about his professional accomplishments, as well as personal details.
Robert Mueller’s Biography
The former FBI director was born Robert Swan Mueller III on August 7, 1944, in New York, New York. He was brought up alongside his four sisters by his parents, Alice C. Truesdale, and Robert Swan Mueller, Jr., both of whom died in 2007. His father worked with DuPont as an executive, as well as with the American Navy during World War II.
Of Scottish, English, and German descent, Mueller got his education at Princeton Country Day School which is now Princeton Day School, located in New Jersey, the same place he was brought up. He would later attend St. Paul’s School in Concord after his family relocated to Philadelphia. While he was in school, Mueller was a very athletic student who was active in multiple sports including lacrosse, hockey, and soccer.
Next, he went to Princeton University from where he got a Bachelor of Arts degree in Politics. While he was in college, he continued to play lacrosse. In 1967, he got his International Relations Masters from New York University and a year later, he joined the military as a Marine Corp.
He would later move to the University Of Virginia School Of Law after he was through with his service which saw him fight in Vietnam. He finally graduated in 1973.
Soon after Mueller graduated, he worked in San Francisco with Pillsbury, Madison, and Sutro as a litigator for three years and then, he would spend the next 12 years of his life in US Attorney offices in San Francisco and then Massachusetts. Next, he served with Hill and Barlow law firm as a partner before serving as Attorney General Dick Thornburgh’s assistant in the US Department of Justice in 1989.
By 1990, he had already become the US Assistant Attorney General in the Department of Justice Criminal Division and was later made the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California in 1998. He remained in that position until 2001 when he was nominated FBI Director by President George W. Bush and was unanimously confirmed by the US Senate. He was appointed only a week before the 9/11 attack.
Although his normal term was to expire in September 2011, President Barack Obama asked him to continue as the director of the bureau until 2013 when he was replaced by James Comer. He was the second longest-serving director of the FBI with only J. Edgar Hoover as the person who served longer than him. After this, Robert Mueller returned to private practice.
In 2017, when the then-Attorney General of the United States, Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russian interference investigations with regards to the 2016 presidential election, the acting Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Robert Muller to serve as the department’s special counsel.
All through his investigations, he suffered attacks from President Trump who accused him of a witch hunt. He finally submitted his report on the investigation in April 2019 and by May 2019, he retired from the position of Special Counsel and the office was shut down.
Family, Wife, and Daughters
Robert Mueller is, as one would expect, a family man. He is married to Ann Cabell Standish, a woman he met when they were both in high school. Both 17 at the time, they met at a high school party. Although they attended different colleges, their relationship continued to blossom, culminating in marriage in 1966. Ann worked with children with learning disabilities being a special education teacher.
Their union is blessed with two daughters; Melissa and Cynthia who have lived their lives away from the public. One of their daughters was born with a birth defect, spina bifida which occurs as a result of the spinal cord failing to form properly.
While Robert has had surgery for prostate cancer, his wife was also treated more than once for cancer.
What Is The Net Worth of Robert Mueller?
As regards the net worth of Robert Mueller, his exact fortune is not known but as of 2017, he was reported to be worth anything from $4.2 million to $15.2 million. It is expected that it has gone slightly higher since then because he was said to have made a six-figure salary as a special counsel.
Mueller is a man who has a very athletic build even at his age. He has a good height standing at 6 feet 0 inch. His fit physique explains his active participation in different sports, including lacrosse, hockey, and soccer, while in school.