Mueller was appointed in May 2017 to investigate Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election
, including any links or coordination "between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump."
Father: Robert Swan Mueller Jr., business executive
Mother: Alice (Truesdale) Mueller
Marriage: Ann (Standish) Mueller (1966-present)
Children: Melissa and Cynthia
Education: Princeton University, B.A., 1966; New York University, M.A., 1967; and University of Virginia, J.D., 1973
Military service: US Marine Corps and Reserves, 1966-1980, Captain
Mueller is pronounced "MUH-ler."
Longest serving FBI Director since J. Edgar Hoover.
First FBI Director to be appointed to serve an additional two years after his 10-year term expired.
Awarded a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart, the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry and two Navy Commendation Medals for his service in Vietnam
Oversaw the prosecutions of Manuel Noriega,
John Gotti and led the investigation into the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103.
After the 9/11 terrorist attacks,
Mueller helped transform the FBI into an agency focused on national security as well as law enforcement, gathering intelligence and countering terrorism globally.
1973-1976 - Associate attorney at the law firm of Pillsbury, Madison and Sutro.
1976-1982 - Joins the US Attorney's office in the Northern District of California.
1982-1988 - US Attorney for the District of Massachusetts.
1988-1989 - Partner at the law firm of Hill and Barlow.
1990-1993 - Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division at the Department of Justice.
1993-1995 - Becomes a senior partner in the law firm of Hale and Dorr.
1995-1998 - Joins the Homicide Section of the US Attorney's Office in DC. Mueller becomes the section chief in 1997.
1998-2001 - US Attorney for the Northern District of California.
July 5, 2001 -
Nominated to be director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation by President George W. Bush.
July 13, 2001 - The Justice Department announces that Mueller will undergo surgery for the treatment of prostate cancer. Officials state that Mueller was diagnosed in April.
September 4, 2001 - Sworn in as the sixth director of the FBI.
July 26, 2011 - Congress passes legislation to extend Mueller's term another two years from the usual fixed 10-year term. The extension of his term passes the Senate with a vote of 100-0.
September 4, 2013 -
Steps down after a 12-year term as the Director of the FBI. James Comey
succeeds him as the new agency director.
2014-2017 - Partner at WilmerHale law firm.
October 27, 2016 - Booz Allen announces it has hired Mueller to conduct an outside review of the firm's security and management processes after a contractor to the National Security Agency with Booz Allen was charged in August with stealing government property and unauthorized removal of classified materials.
December 16, 2017 - Lawyers representing the Trump transition team write to members of Congress
accusing Mueller's team of obtaining unauthorized access to tens of thousands of transition emails during the course of its Russia investigation, including what they claim to be documents protected by attorney-client privilege. Mueller's representatives deny the accusation.
February 23, 2018 - Gates pleads guilty to lying to the FBI and conspiracy.
As part of his plea agreement, Gates will cooperate with Mueller's team.
April 10, 2018 - The New York Times reports
that Trump considered firing Mueller in December 2017, marking the second attempt to do so.
April 10, 2018 -
During a press briefing, White House press secretary Sarah Sanders says that Trump "believes he has the power to fire Mueller."
April 11, 2018
- A bipartisan group of senators introduces legislation that would make it harder
for Mueller to be fired. The Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act protects Mueller by ensuring he can only be fired for "good cause" by a senior Justice Department official.
April 17, 2018 - Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell
tells Fox News he will not allow a vote on the Mueller protection bill, explaining that he feels it is unnecessary.
September 14, 2018 - Manafort agrees to cooperate with Mueller's team and pleads guilty to conspiracy charges in lieu of going on trial a second time.
If he fulfills his agreement to cooperate, prosecutors will drop other charges including money laundering and bank fraud.
December 7, 2018 - Court filings released by Mueller and federal prosecutors relating to Cohen and Manafort detail the alleged lies both men told both publicly and to the special counsel's investigators.
For the first time, prosecutors endorse Cohen's statements that Trump himself directed Cohen to make payments designed to silence women who claimed affairs with Trump. Separately, Manafort is alleged to have lied after agreeing to cooperate with prosecutors, including his "contact with administration officials." Despite the revelations in the filings, Trump tweets after their release, "Totally clears the President. Thank you!"
January 25, 2019 -
Trump associate, Roger Stone is arrested and indicted on seven counts:
one count of obstruction of an official proceeding, five counts of false statements and one count of witness tampering. After he makes an initial appearance at a federal courthouse in Florida, he tells a crowd assembled outside that he has been falsely accused and he believes the charges are politically motivated.
He says he will not testify against Trump. Protestors in the crowd chant, "Lock him up."
March 22, 2019 - Mueller ends his investigation
and delivers his report to Attorney General William Barr. A senior Justice Department official tells CNN that there will be no further indictments.
March 24, 2019 - Barr releases a letter summarizing
the principal conclusions from Mueller's investigation. According to Barr's four-page letter, the evidence was not sufficient to establish that members Trump's campaign tacitly engaged in a criminal conspiracy with the Russian government to interfere with the election. Barr explains that Mueller did not reach a conclusion on whether the president committed a criminal obstruction of justice offense. While Mueller declined to prosecute Trump, the report "does not exonerate" the president, according to Barr. Ultimately, the attorney general and Rosenstein made a determination that the evidence was not sufficient to charge the president with obstruction, Barr writes.
March 31, 2019 - Barr sends another letter to Congress,
declaring that his March 24 letter was being inaccurately characterized by the media as a "summary" of Mueller's report, which is nearly 400 pages long. "My letter was not, and did not purport to be, an exhaustive recounting of the Special Counsel's investigation or report," Barr writes.
April 18, 2019 -
A redacted version
of Mueller's report is released.