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End of an Era: Robert S. Mueller Set to Step Down as FBI Director

Robert S. Mueller arrived at the FBI on September 4, 2001, one week before the terror attacks that shook the nation and the world. Twelve years later, the longest-serving Director since J. Edgar Hoover is widely credited with transforming the organization while maintaining the bedrock ideals that have been the FBI’s hallmark for more than a century: fidelity, bravery, and integrity.

Aug 30, 2013 03:30 PM

End of an Era: Robert S. Mueller Set to Step Down as FBI Director


Robert S. Mueller arrived at the FBI on September 4, 2001, one week before the terror attacks that shook the nation and the world. Twelve years later, the longest-serving Director since J. Edgar Hoover is widely credited with transforming the organization while maintaining the bedrock ideals that have been the FBI’s hallmark for more than a century: fidelity, bravery, and integrity.

“When I first came on board, I thought I had a fair idea of what to expect,” Mueller said recently during a farewell ceremony at FBI Headquarters to honor his tenure as Director. “But the September 11 attacks altered every expectation.”

Mueller, who will step down as Director next week, reshaped the Bureau from a traditional law enforcement agency to a threat-focused, intelligence-based national security organization, said FBI Deputy Director Sean Joyce. “He guided the FBI through a period of tremendous change.”

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