Robert Swan Mueller III was born on August 7, 1944.
Mueller studied at Princeton and New York University, Whilst at Princeton Mueller played in the lacrosse team, and has cited that he pursued military service in part because of the death of teammate David Spencer Hackett in the Vietnam War.
Mueller was accepted for officer training in the United States Marine Corps in 1968.
In 1968, Mueller was sent to South Vietnam. In April 1969, Mueller recieved a gunshot wound to the thigh, recovered, and returned to lead his platoon until June 1969.
Mueller’s military decorations include; Bronze Star Medal with Combat “V”, Purple Heart Medal, two Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals with Combat “V”, Combat Action Ribbon, National Defense Sevice Medal, Vietnam Service Medal with 3/16 bronz stars, Republic of Vietnam Gallantry Cross, Republic of Vietnam Campaign Medal, and Parachutist Badge.
Mueller is an American lawyer and civil servant who was the sixth Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation from 2001-2013. Mueller is a Republican and was appointed by President George W. Bush. President Barack obama extended his ten year term by two years.Mueller was unanimously confirmed to be FBI Director 98-0 and reconfirmed with a vote of 100-0 (including Jeff Sessions.)
Mueller is currently head of the Special Counsel investigation of Russian Interference in the 2016 United States elections.
Appointed in May, Robert Mueller has a broad mandate from the justice department to investigate possible links or co-ordination between Mr Trump’s election campaign and the Russian government, and to pursue issues that might arise as a result.
Donald trump is interviewed by The Wall Street Journal on 25 July, 2017. The WSJ does not release the article, but it becomes public on August 1, editor-in-chief Gerard Baker asks Trump if Robert Mueller’s job is safe.
WSJ: Just on Sessions, just one thing. Would you like to see him step aside? Would you like to see him resign? Would it be in the country’s best interest just –
TRUMP: I’m just very disappointed in him. I’m disappointed in, you know, a number of categories. I told you, the leakers. He should have – he should be after them. So many people say to me: Why are they going after you on nothing and they leave Hillary Clinton alone on, you know, really major things? And it is – so I’m disappointed in him. And don’t forget, when they say he endorsed me, I went to Alabama. I had 40,000 people, you may have been there, remember, in Mobile?
WSJ: I remember.
TRUMP: I had 40,000 people. He was the senator from Alabama. I won the state by a lot, massive numbers. A lot of the states I won by massive numbers. But he was a senator. He looks at 40,000 people and he probably says, what do I have to lose, and he endorsed me. So it’s not like a great, loyal thing about the endorsement. But I’m very disappointed in Jeff Sessions.
WSJ: Are you willing for the status quo to continue, though? At what point do you say enough?
TRUMP: I’m just looking at it. I’ll just see.
WSJ: What about Bob Mueller?
TRUMP: It’s a very important, very important thing.
WSJ: I mean, but, Bob Mueller is also really the one leading this investigation. It’s his job to see –
TRUMP: Well, we’re going to see.
GERARD BAKER: And he’s investigating Russia – your Russian connection –
WSJ: He’s the Russian guy. So Sessions has recused himself, but is Bob Mueller’s job safe? There is speculation –
TRUMP: No, we’re going to see. I mean, I have no comment yet, because it’s too early. But we’ll see. We’re going to see. Here’s the good news: I was never involved with Russia. There was nobody in the campaign. I’ve got 200 people that will say that they’ve never seen anybody on the campaign. Here’s another – he was involved early. There’s nobody on the campaign that saw anybody from Russia. We had nothing to do with Russia. They lost an election and they came up with this as an excuse. And the only ones that are laughing are the Democrats and the Russians. They’re the only ones that are laughing. And if Jeff Sessions didn’t recuse himself, we wouldn’t even be talking about this subject.
Special counsel Robert Mueller has impaneled a grand jury to issue subpoenas and compel witness testimony as he probes Russian interference in the 2016 US presidential election.
“In a case like this, where you have a lot of documents that are going be necessary, grand jury subpoenas are a pretty early phenomenon,”
said Philip Allen Lacovara, a former U.S. deputy solicitor general who served as counsel to Watergate special prosecutors.
The grand jury is sitting in Washington and has been active for several weeks, The Wall Street Journal reported.
Donald trump told thousands of supporters at a rally in Huntingdon, West Virginia:
“Democrat lawmakers will have to decide. They can continue their obsession with the Russian hoax, or they can serve the interests of the American people,”
“They are trying to cheat you out of the leadership you want with a fake story that is demeaning to all of us and most importantly demeaning to our country and demeaning to our Constitution. I just hope that the final determination is a truly honest one, which is what the millions of people who gave us our big win in November deserve.”
Reuters reported that the special counsel has already used the grand jury to subpoena records related to Donald Trump Jnr, and his meeting with Paul Manafort, Jared Kushner and Russian lawyer Natalia Veselnitskaya during the presidential campaign.
Grand juries conduct their work in secret, with news of their actions typically breaking only when they return criminal indictments. Prosecutors ask grand juries to consider whether there is evidence to indict someone of a crime, the impanelment of a grand jury not an indication that an indictment is likely or imminent.
Rinat Akhmetshin, a Russian lobbyist who, along with Russians Natalia Veselnitskaya and Ike Kaveladze, attended the June 9, 2016 meeting at Trump Tower with Donald Trump Jr., Jared Kushner and Paul Manafort, testified for several hours before special counsel Mueller’s grand jury.
Mr Akhmetshin gave testimony under oath for several hours on August 11 in a sign that special counsel Robert Mueller is looking at the 2016 meeting as part of his investigation into links between Russia and Donald Trump’s election campaign.
The meeting on June 9 2016 at Trump Tower in New York has been at the centre of a political scandal since it was revealed that Donald Trump Jr, was promised information and documents that would “incriminate” Hillary Clinton.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller issued grand jury subpoenas in recent days seeking testimony from public relations executives who worked on an international campaign organized by Paul Manafort.
This is the first public indication that Mueller’s investigation is beginning to compel witness testimony before the grand jury — this is a significant milestone.
It is also further indication that Manafort, Trump’s onetime campaign chairman, could be in serious legal jeopardy.
Robert Mueller, the special counsel, has asked the White House for documents pertaining to the firing of his national security adviser, Michael Flynn and former FBI director, James Comey and the Oval Office meeting between trump and Russian officials, according to White House officials.
Is was first reported by the NY Times – Mueller request for documents from WH.
The document requests provide the most details to date about the breadth of Mueller’s investigation, and show that several aspects of his inquiry are focused on Mr. Trump’s behavior in the White House.
In recent weeks, Mueller’s has sent a document to the White House that detailed 13 areas in which investigators are seeking information.
- Four requests are associated with the firing of former NSA, Michael Flynn
- Three requests are associated with the firing of former FBI Director, James Comey
- One request was about the meeting between Trump and Russian officials
- Request for information about how the White House responded to questions from the NY Times about the 2016 Trump tower meeting
- All internal White House communications about former campaign officials; Paul Manafort, Carter page, JD Gordon, Keith Kellogg, George papadopolous, Walid Phares and Joseph Schmitz
Christopher Steele, the former British intelligence operative who authored a 35-page dossier alleging that the Trump campaign had colluded with Russia, has been in talks with the Senate Intelligence Committee about speaking to its leaders.
Paul Manafort and business associates, Rick Gates, appeared in a Washington DC court on Monday to deny 12 charges, including conspiracy to launder money.
The former campaign manager was placed under house arrest and ordered to post a $10m (£8m) bond while Mr Gates was also placed under house arrest and ordered to post a bond of $5m.
The indictment against the two men claims that “MANAFORT and GATES generated tens of millions of dollars in income as a result of their Ukraine work. In order to hide Ukraine payments from United States authorities, from approximately 2006 through to at least 2016, MANAFORT and GATES laundered the money through scores of United States and foreign corporations, partnerships, and bank accounts.”
It later states that “MANAFORT used his hidden overseas wealth to enjoy a lavish lifestyle in the United States, without paying taxes on that income.”
The indictment then states “in total, more than $75,000,000 flowed through the offshore accounts. MANAFORT laundered more than $18,000,000, which was used by him to buy property, goods, and services in the United States, income that he concealed from the United States Treasury, the Department of Justice, and others. GATES transferred more than $3,000,000 from the offshore accounts to other accounts that he controlled.”
The indictment later reads “because MANAFORT and GATES, among other things, directed a campaign to lobby United States officials on behalf of the Government of Ukraine, the President of Ukraine, and Ukrainian political parties, they were required by law to report to the United States their work and fees. MANAFORT and GATES did not do so. Instead, when the Department of Justice sent inquiries to MANAFORT and GATES in 2016 about their activities, MANAFORT and GATES responded with a series of false and misleading statements.”
Election campaign adviser, George Papadopoulos to Donald Trump has pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about the timing of meetings with alleged Russian agents.
George Papadopoulos admitted the talks happened while he worked for Mr Trump, not before, court papers show.
He said he had been told the Russians possessed “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.
According to the court documents, Mr Trump’s former foreign policy adviser admitted on 5 October 2017 to having impeded the FBI’s investigation into alleged collusion with Russia.
The document states that “GEORGE PAPADOPOULOS, who served as a foreign policy advisor for the presidential campaign of Donald J. Trump (the “Campaign”), made material false statements and material omissions during an interview with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (“FBI’.) that took place on January 27, 2017. At the time of the interview, the FBI had an open investigation into the Russian government’s efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, including the nature of any links between individuals associated with the Campaign and the Russian government, and whether there was any coordination between the Campaign and Russia’s efforts. The FBI opened and coordinated the investigation in Washington, D.C.”
Trump’s former national security adviser, Michael Flynn, pleaded guilty on Friday to willingly and knowingly make false, fictitious, and fraudulent statements and representations in a matter within the jurisdiction of the executive branch of the government of the United States, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in relation to discussions with the Russian Ambassador on or about December 22 and 29 2016.
Flynn’s discussions with Sergey Kislyak, the Russian Ambassador, were part of a coordinated effort by Trump’s aides to create foreign policy before they were in power, documents released as part of Flynn’s plea agreement show.
Item 3.c. of the Statement of the Offense states:
‘On or about December 29, 2016, Flynn called a senior official of the Presidential Transition Team (“PTT Official”), who was with other senior members of the Presidential Transition Team at the Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida, to discuss what, if anything, to communicate to the Russian Ambassador about the U.S. sanctions. On that call, Flynn and the PTT official discussed the U.S. sanctions, including the potential impact of those sanctions on the incoming administration’s foreign policy goals. The PTT official and Flynn also discussed that the members of the Presidential Transition team at Mar-a-Lago did not want Russia to escalate the situation.’
Item 3.d. of the Statement of the Offense states:
‘Immediately after his phone call with the PTT official, Flynn called the Russian Ambassador and requested that Russia not escalate the situation and only respond to the U.S. sanctions in a reciprocal manner.’
Item 3.g. of the Statement of the Offense states:
‘On or about December 31, 2016, the Russian Ambassador called Flynn and informed him that Russia had chosen not to retaliate in response to Flynn’s request
Item 4.b. of the Statement of the Offense states:
‘On or about December 22, 2016, a very senior member of the Presidential Transition Team directed Flynn to contact officials from foreign governments, including Russia, to learn where each government stood on the resolution and to influence those governments to delay the vote or defeat the resolution’
The documents do not disclose what Trump knew about Mr. Flynn’s discussions. But in item 4.b. of the Statement of Offense it reads that Flynn was directed by a “very senior member” of the presidential transition team to discuss a United Nations resolution.
The transition team was led by Vice President Mike Pence. Its top members included Jared Kushner; Reince Priebus, and K.T. McFarland, who was Mr. Flynn’s deputy and was later appointed to be the ambassador to Singapore. Flynn spoke to Ms. McFarland about another of his conversations with Sergei Kislyak, according to the lawyer.
Details of the counts are as follows:
The admission of guilt by Flynn has the potential to reshape the public’s understanding of what the president’s associates said and did in the days after Trump’s unexpected victory in the 2016 US Presidential election.
Flynn’s plea deal could deeply undercut the claims made in January by Trump and his aides that they were misled by Mr. Flynn about his discussion with Russians regarding sanctions imposed on Moscow by the Obama administration over the election interference.
James Comey, the former Director of the FBI, has previously testified in fornt of congress that Trump had asked him “I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go.”
In May, Trump fired Comey and said the Russia investigation was on his mind at the time. Robert Mueller is investigating whether Trump’s firings of Comey or Flynn amount to obstruction of justice.
“Nothing about the guilty plea or the charge implicates anyone other than Mr. Flynn,” Ty Cobb, Trump’s lawyer said in response to Flynn’s deal.
To date Trump’s former campaign chairman, two campaign aides and his former National Security Advisor have now all been charged.
In a statement, Mr. Flynn, added “I recognize that the actions I acknowledged in court today were wrong, and, through my faith in God, I am working to set things right. My guilty plea and agreement to cooperate with the special counsel’s office reflect a decision I made in the best interests of my family and of our country. I accept full responsibility for my actions.”
Trump’s response to Flynn deal
On Saturday, December 2, 2017 trump tweeted “I had to fire General Flynn because he lied to the Vice President and the FBI. He has pled guilty to those lies. It is a shame because his actions during the transition were lawful. There was nothing to hide!”
On Sunday December, 3, 2017 Trump tweeted “I never asked Comey to stop investigating Flynn. Just more Fake News covering another Comey lie!”
Lying to the FBI is a crime, and one which Flynn has now pleaded guilty to.
It’s unclear why Trump would add that lying to the FBI was one of his reasons for firing Flynn. Doing so suggests the president knew at the time that Flynn had done something that is against the law, this raises the possibility that Mueller’s investigation has legs.
The full and complete plea deal offered to Flynn is as follows: