Robert S. Mueller III Is The Special Counsel To Investigate Russian Interference With U.S. 2016 Elections
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“I determined that it is in the public interest for me to exercise my authority and appoint a Special Counsel to assume responsibility for this matter. My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted…based upon the unique circumstances, the public interest requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command.”~ Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General.
“Our nation is grounded on the rule of law, and the public must be assured that government officials administer the law fairly. Special Counsel Mueller will have all appropriate resources to conduct a thorough and complete investigation, and I am confident that he will follow the facts, apply the law and reach a just result.” ~Rod Rosenstein, Deputy Attorney General.
Today, May 17, 2017, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director, Robert Swan Mueller III, to serve as the Special Counsel to oversee investigation of Russian Interference in the United States 2016 elections. He was the sixth Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from September 4, 2001 to September 4, 2013. Mueller grew up outside of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He graduated from St. Paul’s School in 1962, having been captain of the soccer, hockey, and lacrosse teams and won the Gordon Medal as the School’s top male athlete in 1962. He went on to receive an A.B. from Princeton University in 1966, where he played lacrosse; he has cited his teammate David Hackett’s death in the Vietnam War as an influence on his eventual decision to pursue military service. He also earned an M.A. in international relations from New York University in 1967, and a Juris Doctor from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1973.
Note that Robert S. Mueller resigned from his job as soon as he has received the appointment as Special Counsel/Prosecutor from the Deputy General Attorney Rod Rosenstein. It is important to remember: 1. importance of the independence and integrity of the leader of the office 2. no one is above the law (not even the president of the USA) 3. it is important to speak truth to power.
Note: House Intelligence Committee on the Hill will also continue with the investigation and help to support the investigation with Special Counsel via a parallel nature. Open session interview with Director Comey and any tape evidence (if any in existence) and witnesses will be welcomed.
Below, is a video from Georgetown University on “Remarks from Robert Mueller” back in 2016:
- How will appointment of Robert Mueller as Special Counsel affect Congressional investigatioin?
- What happens to ongoing justice department and FBI investigations?
- What is the scope of the investigation?
- What resources will he have for the investigation?
- Will the public be updated on the investigation?
Mueller enlisted in the United States Marine Corps in 1968, attending officer candidate school, Army Ranger School and Army jump school. He then served as an officer leading a rifle platoon of the 3rd Marine Division during the Vietnam War; he eventually became aide-de-camp to 3rd Marine Division’s commanding general.He received the Bronze Star, two Commendation Medals, the Purple Heart and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.Following his military service, Mueller continued his studies at the University of Virginia Law School, where he served on the Virginia Law Review. After receiving his Juris Doctor degree in 1973, Mueller worked as a litigator in San Francisco until 1976.
He then served for 12 years in United States Attorney offices. He first worked in the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California in San Francisco, where he rose to be chief of the criminal division, and in 1982, he moved to Boston to work in the office of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Massachusetts as Assistant United States Attorney, where he investigated and prosecuted major financial fraud, terrorism and public corruption cases, as well as narcotics conspiracies and international money launderers.
After serving as a partner at the Boston law firm of Hill and Barlow, Mueller returned to government service. In 1989, he served in the United States Department of Justice as an assistant to Attorney General Dick Thornburgh. The following year he took charge of its criminal division. During his tenure, he oversaw prosecutions that included Panamanian leader Manuel Noriega, the Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie bombing) case, and the Gambino crime family bossJohn Gotti. In 1991, he was elected a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
In 1993, Mueller became a partner at Boston’s Hale and Dorr, specializing in white-collar crime litigation. He returned to public service in 1995 as senior litigator in the homicide section of the District of Columbia United States Attorney’s Office. In 1998, Mueller was named U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California and held that position until 2001.
Mueller was nominated for the position of FBI Director by President George W. Bush on July 5, 2001. He and two other candidates were up for the job at the time, but he was always considered the front runner. Washington lawyer George J. Terwilliger III and veteran Chicago prosecutor and white-collar defense lawyer Dan Webb were up for the job but both pulled out from consideration around mid-June. Confirmation hearings for Mueller, in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee, were quickly set for July 30, only three days before his prostate cancer surgery. The vote on the Senate floor on August 2, 2001, passed unanimously, 98–0. He served as Acting Deputy Attorney General of the United States Department of Justice for several months, before officially becoming the FBI Director on September 4, 2001, just one week before the September 11 attacks against the United States.
On May 12, 2011, it was reported that President Obama had asked Director Mueller to continue at the helm of the FBI for another 2 years beyond his normal term, expiring on September 4, 2013. The Senate approved this request on July 27, 2011. On September 4, 2013, Mueller was replaced by James Comey.
Director Mueller, along with Deputy Attorney General James B. Comey, threatened to resign from office in March 2004 if the White House overruled a Department of Justice finding that domestic wiretapping without a court warrant was unconstitutional. Attorney General John D. Ashcroft denied his consent to attempts by White House Chief of Staff Andrew Card and White House Counsel Alberto R. Gonzales to waive the Justice Department ruling and permit the domestic warrantless eavesdropping program to proceed. On March 12, 2004, President George W. Bush gave his support to changes in the program sufficient to satisfy the concerns of Mueller, Ashcroft and Comey. The extent of the National Security Agency‘s domestic warrantless eavesdropping under the President’s Surveillance Program is still largely unknown.
After leaving the FBI in 2013, Mueller served a one-year term as consulting professor and the Arthur and Frank Payne Distinguished Lecturer at Stanford University where he focused on issues related to cyber-security.
In addition to his teaching position, Mueller also joined the law firm WilmerHale as a partner in its Washington, D.C. office.
After his appointment as special counsel on May 17, 2017, Mueller is expected resign from the firm.
What will Trump do?
- Fire Mueller
- Accept Mueller
- Resign via negotiation with VP
- Ignore it all….
Much remains to be seen in the next 24 hours……..
Gathered, written, and posted by Windermere Sun-Susan Sun Nunamaker
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