American lawyer, Robert Mueller has been a public personality for several decades now. He, however, came to a heightened public notice in 2017, following his appointment as Special Counsel to investigate the interference of Russian government in the 2016 US presidential election. Prior to this, Mueller was popular as the Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). He served in that capacity for 12 years (2001-2013).
Despite having completed the Russian investigation, Mueller remains a subject of headlines as Democratic members of the Congress are insisting he testifies before the house on the issue, to avail them the opportunity to interrogate him. Take a look through the life of the renowned American prosecutor.
Robert Mueller Bio (Age)
Robert Mueller was born on 7th August 1944, in Manhattan, New York City of the United States of America. He was the first child and only son born to Robert Swan Mueller Jr. and his wife, Alice Truesdale. His parents later welcomed four other children – all girls namely: Susan, Sandra, Joan, and Patricia. They raised him alongside his sisters in Princeton, New Jersey. There, he attended the Princeton Day School up to the eight grade when his family relocated to Philadelphia. Mueller then enrolled at the St. Paul’s School, New Hampshire, completing his high school education there.
During his days at St. Paul, Mueller actively participated in sports including lacrosse, soccer and hockey, rising to the position of captain in each of the teams. He later graduated as the school’s Top Athlete in 1962, earning the Gordon Medal for the feat. Noteworthy is the fact that John Kerry who would later become a U.S senator and Secretary of State was Mueller’s classmate and lacrosse teammate at St. Paul’s.
After high school, Robert Mueller went back to his childhood town and enrolled at Princeton University, his father’s Alma mater. There, (still playing lacrosse just like his father), he studied Politics, graduating in 1966 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in the field. He immediately proceeded to the New York University, earning an MA in International Relation in 1967. Mueller later studied law at the University of Virginia School of Law. After serving on the Virginia Law Review, he received his Juris Doctor (J.D) in 1973.
Prior to his law studies, Robert followed yet another footstep of his father, a former Navy Officer. He joined the United States Marine Corps, serving as an officer in the Vietnam War. He later completed his service in 1970 as a captain, with a distinction, double Navy Commendation Medals, a Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry, Bronze Star, and Purple Heart.
Law/Public Office Career
Robert Mueller landed his first law job at the San Francisco-based Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro law firm, working as a litigator from 1973 to 1976. The next twelve years saw him working in different Attorney offices across the United States. He later partnered with the Hill and Barlow law firm in Boston in 1988.
In 1989, Mueller became appointed to the U.S Department of Justice as an assistant to the Attorney General, and later as acting Deputy Attorney General. In 1990, he was appointed to the department’s Criminal Division as Assistant Attorney General. He later became a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers in 1991.
In 1993, Mueller switched to the private sector, working as a litigating partner at the Hale and Dorr law firm in Boston. He, however, switched back to public service two years later, working as a senior litigator at the homicide division of the U.S Attorney Office of the District of Colombia. He later became U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of California in 1998, serving in that capacity until 2001.
In July 2001, newly-elected president George W. Bush appointed Mueller the Director of FBI, assuming duties on September 4, 2001, just a week before the 9/11 attacks. Prior to his appointment, he briefly worked as Acting Deputy Attorney General for the newly inaugurated Bush administration.
In 2011, President Barack Obama added two years to Mueller’s time as FBI Director which is originally a ten-year term. He finally left the position on September 4, 2013 as the second longest-serving FBI Director after Edgar J. Hoover, the first director who served 48 years.
On leaving the FBI, Robert Mueller started working as consulting professor and distinguished lecturer at the Stanford University. In 2014, he began partnering with the Washington Branch of the WilmerHale law firm where he took on the firm’s most critical cases.
On May 17. 2017, the Trump administration appointed Mueller the U.S Department of Justice Special Counsel to investigate the suspected involvement of the Russian government in the 2016 presidential election. Upon assuming the position, he resigned from WilmerHale.
On 22nd March 2019, Mueller and his team concluded the investigations which lasted for 22 months and documented in a 448-page report which they submitted to the incumbent Attorney General, William Barr. During his final statement on the investigation on May 29, 2019, Mueller indicated that is resigning from the Department of Justice and returning to the private sector.
His Family – Wife and Children
Robert Mueller married Ann Cabell Standish on September 3, 1966. He had met Ann at a party several years before while they were high school students. They have two daughters – Melissa and Cynthia. Mueller’s daughter, Ann is married with a child while Cynthia has two children (Robert and Campbell) with her husband, Chris Donley. Mueller gave a keynote address at his granddaughter, Campbell’s high school graduation in 2017.
Robert Mueller’s wife, Ann worked as a special private school teacher for pupils with learning disabilities. Ann has been with Mueller since after his first degree. She has been very supportive of both his law and public office career, always following him in all his relocation to and from numerous cities across the U.S as his job required through the years. This apparently explains why she has no prominent career of her own after her first job as a teacher. Just like Mueller who was diagnosed with prostate cancer in 2000, Ann has also undergone cancer treatments twice.
Mueller’s Net Worth
The exact figure of Robert Mueller’s net worth is yet to be disclosed to the media. However, based on his recent declaration of assets valued between $4 and $15 million, Mueller’s net worth must be in millions of dollars.
Mueller’s major sources of income are his law career and public office responsibilities. He reportedly earned up to $3.4 million from high-profile clients while working with WilmerHale. Reports also reveal he pocketed a little over $160,000 as salary while working as Special Counsel on the Russia Investigation. Mueller, alongside his family also have decent investments in major tech companies such as Alphabet and Facebook.
Robert Mueller is quite a tall man and stands at a height of 6 feet tall. Mueller has salt and pepper hair color and hazel green eyes.