Who Is Special Counsel Robert Mueller?

May 18, 2017 Former FBI Director, Robert Mueller was appointed by the U.S. Department of Justice as Special Counsel on Wednesday to oversee the investigation into Russia’s meddling in the 2016 Presidential Election.

Politico describes Robert Mueller as possibly America’s straightest arrow—a respected, nonpartisan and fiercely apolitical public servant whose only lifetime motivation has been the search for justice.

Mueller took on the role of FBI director one week before the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Mueller’s reshaping of the agency in a post 9/11 America earned him the respect of lawmakers on both sides of the aisle. Despite the broad support, Mueller’s tenure with the FBI wasn’t without incident. In 2007, the findings of a U.S. Department of Justice Office of Inspector General investigation criticized the agency for its data-gathering practices.

Some political pundits say Trump’s disapproval of Robert Mueller role as Special Counsel indicates he’s the man for the job. National Political Correspondent for the Washington Post, James Hohmann argues that Mueller is respected enough that any attempt to neuter him, or even just rein him in, could lead to a Constitutional crisis.

The news of a Special Counsel appointee was welcoming to most lawmakers. Some Democratics are still pushing for an independent investigation, saying it would not interfere with the Special Counsel investigation but rather compliment it.

The Washington Post Editorial Board points out that an independent investigation can do what Mueller cannot:

“The special counsel’s job is only to look for criminal behavior and, if he finds any, to prosecute the wrongdoers. His job is not to inform the public or to pass judgment on actions that may have been unwise, inappropriate or unethical — but did not violate the law. … A full accounting is likely to emerge only if Congress appoints a special commission like the one that investigated the 9/11 attacks.”

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