Former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, appointed independent special counsel to investigate Russian meddling in the 2016 election on Wednesday, has long enjoyed respect from both Democrats and Republicans.
Mueller, who took over the FBI a week before the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, had a relentless style of management that began with 7 a.m. briefings each day. He avoided the spotlight and was credited with transforming the FBI and its mission.
Mueller served 12 years in the position, working for President George W. Bush and then President Obama. He was the longest-serving FBI chief since J. Edgar Hoover.
After the Sept. 11 attacks, Mueller worked to...