Robert S. Mueller III ’66 stepped down from his position as FBI director today, leaving the position to former Justice Department official James B. Comey. Mueller began working at the Federal Bureau of Investigation a week before the attack on the Twin Towers on Sept. 11, 2001, according to hisFBI biography. He originally thought he would be working on stopping organized crime, public corruption and white-collar crime, hetold the Los Angeles Times. However, because of the attack, Mueller geared the Bureau’s efforts toward becoming an intelligence-gathering agency focused on stopping terrorism.
Mueller earned an A.B. in politics while at the University. After earning an M.A. in international relations from New York University in 1967, Mueller served in the United States Marine Corps as an officer for three years. He then received a J.D. from the University of Virginia and went on to work in litigation. Prior to his position as FBI director, Mueller served three years as United States Attorney for the northern district of California.