A look back at Robert Mueller

Robert Swan Mueller III, 72, who was just named special counsel to investigate Russian interference in the presidential election, is a jut-jawed former Marine with a bone-dry wit who retains traces of his Main Line Pennsylvania upbringing. At the Justice Department he was known as Bobby Three Sticks, a playful allusion to his patrician name, and, some say, to the three-fingered Boy Scout salute. He started as FBI director a week before 9/11, and oversaw the remaking of the bureau into an intelligence and counter-terrorism organization, charged with preventing new attacks as well as arresting the perpetrators. Here are 10 things you should know about Mueller.

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A look back at Robert Mueller

Assistant Attorney General Robert Mueller III points Nov.14,1991 to a photo of the reconstructed wreckage of Pan Am Flight 103, which exploded over Lockerbie Scotland in 1988, killing 270 people. (Photo: Barry Thumma/AP)

A look back at Robert Mueller

Robert Mueller, President Bush’s choice to become director of the FBI, is sworn in at the start of his testimony during his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill, Monday, July 30, 2001. (Photo: Dennis Cook/AP)

A look back at Robert Mueller

FBI Director Robert Mueller, left, accompanied by Attorney General John Ashcroft, meet with reporters at FBI headquarters in Washington, Thursday, Sept. 13, 2001, to discuss the investigation of the terrorist attacks. (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP)

A look back at Robert Mueller

FBI Director Robert Mueller (R) shakes hands with New York Mayor Rudolph Giuliani (L) at the World Trade Disaster site in New York 21 September 2001. Attorney General John Ashcroft (2nd L), accompanied by Mueller and New York Governor George Pataki (2nd R), got a firsthand look at the World Trade Center devastation and promised to rebuild New York. (Photo: Mike Segar/AFP/Getty Images)

A look back at Robert Mueller

Photographers gather around FBI Director Robert Mueller as he appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill Thursday, June 6, 2002. The committee is conducting an oversight hearing on counterterrorism. (Photo: Dennis Cook/AP)

A look back at Robert Mueller

From left to right, Federal Bureau of Investing Director Robert Mueller, U.S. Attorney General Alberto Gonzales, National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley and Director of National Intelligence John Negroponte talk outside the entrance to the CIA Headquarters after attending the ceremonial swearing-in for the new Director of the CIA, Gen. Michael Hayden, Wednesday, May 31, 2006 in Langley, Va. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

A look back at Robert Mueller

FBI Director Robert Mueller grimaces while listening to Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa speaking of the death of Cheryl Green, during a news conference announcing anti-gang measures, Thursday Jan. 18, 2007 in Wilmington, Calif. Authorities announced Thursday an offensive against the Hispanic gang allegedly behind the racially charged shooting death of Cheryl Greenl, the first part of what they said will be a major crackdown on street gangs this year. In the background photos of the 204th Street gang graffiti. (Photo: Damian Dovarganes/AP)

A look back at Robert Mueller

FBI Director Robert Mueller is sworn in on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, March 27, 2007, prior to testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on the FBI. (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP)

A look back at Robert Mueller

FBI Director Robert Mueller, center, talks with Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., right, as Sen. Arlen Specter, R-Pa., the committee’s ranking Republican, looks on, prior to the start of a the committee’s hearing on the FBI, Tuesday, March 27, 2007, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Photo: Susan Walsh/AP)

A look back at Robert Mueller

President Bush, left, speaks with FBI Director Robert Mueller during a graduation ceremony for new FBI agents, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2008, at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va. (Photo: Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

A look back at Robert Mueller

FBI Director Robert Mueller listens as President Barack Obama speaks to staff members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force Headquarters in New York, Tuesday, Oct. 20, 2009. (Photo: Gerald Herbert/AP)

A look back at Robert Mueller

At FBI headquarters, FBI Director Robert Mueller begins his long day at at 7 am with a security briefing and several meetings with staff, Friday June 4, 2010. (Photo: Melina Mara/The Washington Post via Getty Images)

A look back at Robert Mueller

FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, May 9, 2012, before the House Judiciary Committee. (Photo: J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

A look back at Robert Mueller

FBI Director Robert Mueller (top L) arrives during the presidential inauguration on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol January 21, 2013 in Washington. Barack Obama was re-elected for a second term as President of the United States. (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

A look back at Robert Mueller

Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Robert Mueller testifies during a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee June 19, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington. Mueller confirmed that the FBI uses drones for domestic surveillance during the hearing on FBI oversight. (Photo: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

A look back at Robert Mueller

James Comey (R), a Republican who served in the Bush Justice Department, speaks alongside outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller after being nominated by U.S. President Barack Obama (not pictured) to replace Mueller, in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington, June 21, 2013. (Photo: Jason Reed/Reuters)

A look back at Robert Mueller

President Barack Obama, followed by outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller, right, and his choice to succeed Mueller, James Comey, left, walks towards the podium in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington on June 21, 2013. The Justice Department on May 17, 2017, appointed Mueller as a special counsel to oversee a federal investigation into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign during the 2016 presidential election. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

A look back at Robert Mueller

President Barack Obama, right, with outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller, left, during Obama’s announcement at he will nominate James Comey, a senior Justice Department official under President George W. Bush, to replace Mueller, as director of the F.B.I., in the Rose Garden of the White House on Friday, June 21, 2013, in Washington. (Photo: Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

A look back at Robert Mueller

Attorney General Eric Holder, right, and Deputy Attorney General James Cole, center, applaud outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller during a farewell ceremony at the Justice Department in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013. Mueller is stepping down in September after 12 years heading the agency (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)

A look back at Robert Mueller

Outgoing FBI Director Robert Mueller smiles as he speaks at the Justice Department in Washington, Thursday, Aug. 1, 2013, during his farewell ceremony. Mueller is stepping down in September after 12 years heading the agency. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)

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