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Who Is Robert Mueller?

U.S. News & World Report Logo By Alan Neuhauser of U.S. News & World Report | Slide 1 of 6: Mueller spent 12 years leading the FBI, the longest tenure behind only J. Edgar Hoover, whose 37 years as the first FBI director prompted Congress to set a 10-year, single-term limit for the office.<br><br>Appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed as director in 2001, Muller had been set to step down at the end in 2011. But as the Obama administration – amid furious debates about torture and warrantless wiretapping – struggled to find a successor acceptable to both parties, Congress voted unanimously to extend Mueller’s term another two years.

Mueller is the second-longest serving FBI director

Mueller spent 12 years leading the FBI, the longest tenure behind only J. Edgar Hoover, whose 37 years as the first FBI director prompted Congress to set a 10-year, single-term limit for the office.

Appointed by President George W. Bush and confirmed as director in 2001, Muller had been set to step down at the end in 2011. But as the Obama administration – amid furious debates about torture and warrantless wiretapping – struggled to find a successor acceptable to both parties, Congress voted unanimously to extend Mueller’s term another two years.
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