Mueller Time

Robert Mueller is appointed Special Counsel in the Trump-Russia Investigation. And if Trump and his people are nervous, they should be.

“…I’ve seen how people think that they can get away with things and skirt the law. Bringing them to justice is tremendous satisfaction.”
-Mueller 2002

It was July 1, 2001. The sun was shining over the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center in New York City and on the Rose Garden outside of the White House. The 43rd President of the United States, who less than a year earlier lost the popular vote and was given the Electoral College votes of the state of Florida by the Supreme Court, nominated Robert S Mueller to be the new director of the FBI.

Mueller served as a U.S. Attorney in Massachusetts under George Herbert Walker Bush (41) and as U.S. Attorney in the Northern District of California under President Bill Clinton. He served as the chief attorney in two jurisdictions, and President pointed to that as a great accomplishment in itself.[1] He served as the Director of the FBI by George W. Bush. He would be sworn in on September 4 and 7 days later on another sunny day in NYC and the Rose Garden, the Twin Towers and the Pentagon were burning.

“Bobby Three Sticks,” is a Marine who served in Vietnam, but not before graduating from Princeton and NYU. He went through Army Ranger school and officer candidate school and he does not, “Bruise easily.”[2] He’s been called a straight shooter, who takes charge and expects subordinates to follow. TIME did an excellent biography of Mueller right before he became America’s top cop. One of his first challenges was investigating how spy, Robert Hanssen got into the FBI.

Cullen Couch managed to nail the Director down for an interview in the fall of 2002 for UVALawyer.[3] Born a New Yorker, raised in Philly, he had rivalry born in him, as anyone from New York or Philadelphia will understand and fierce loyalty. He was inspired to join the Marines after a friend had been killed there-that’s right he wasn’t drafted, he enlisted. The reason he granted the interview became apparent as he described schools turning him away because of his military service but not the University of Virginia, “They believed that military service was important.”[4] Mueller was a decorated war hero who credited conscientious objectors for courage.

He was a prosecuting attorney in several jurisdictions and described his service this way, “Working as an assistant U.S. attorney, I’ve seen how people think that they can get away with things and skirt the law. Bringing them to justice is tremendous satisfaction.”[5]

Mueller also oversaw the federal government’s response to the 9/11 attacks and the special commission that followed. The failure to stop the attacks is haunting for law enforcement. Mueller weathered the storm of doubt and accusations even from within the bureau and when the commission finished their report, he released this statement.[6]

In May 2003, Mueller said this about the FBI and they are instructive in understanding the situation and now the investigation former director Mueller will be leading.

The modern FBI has a number of internal and external safeguards built in to ensure the protection of civil liberties. But, the fact of the matter is that the FBI is, like any other organization, an organization of human beings. And, inevitably, human beings sometimes make mistakes. That is part of the reason that every New Agent is required to attend a training session at the National Holocaust Museum. I think you know that this program was begun by Louie Freeh after his first visit there in 1994. It ensures that our Agents begin their careers understanding and knowing what happens when police officers become instruments of state repression. No one comes away, not one of the new agents comes away from that experience unchanged, and it is our hope that those lessons stay with our agents for the rest of their lives.[7]

Director Mueller supported deputy Attorney General, James Comey, in his account of the famous hospital room confrontation with Attorney General Ashcroft. As a Marine he served his country with honor, as an attorney he served his country with honor, as an FBI director he served his country with honor. All indications are, he’s a hardass who will not be intimidated and those in the Trump campaign who took money from Russians and Donald Trump who walked dangerously close to obstruction of justice would do well to remember his words, “…I’ve seen how people think that they can get away with things and skirt the law. Bringing them to justice is tremendous satisfaction.”

[1] https://georgewbush-whitehouse.archives.gov/news/releases/2001/07/20010705-2.html

[2] http://content.time.com/time/nation/article/0,8599,166567,00.html

[3] http://www.law.virginia.edu/html/alumni/uvalawyer/f02/mueller.htm

[4] http://www.law.virginia.edu/html/alumni/uvalawyer/f02/mueller.htm para 9

[5] http://www.law.virginia.edu/html/alumni/uvalawyer/f02/mueller.htm para 15

[6] https://archives.fbi.gov/archives/news/pressrel/press-releases/statement-by-fbi-director-robert-mueller-regarding-the-joint-intelligence-committee-report-into-the-terrorist-attack-of-september-11-2001

[7] http://www.ajc.org/site/apps/nlnet/content3.aspx?c=ijITI2PHKoG&b=851361&ct=1118741
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