The FBI's Top Gun

Bob Mueller is smart and tough. He has to be to fix a troubled agency

When Bob Mueller took over the Justice Department's criminal division in 1990, his subordinates teased him about his patrician manner and the pressed jeans that were his idea of a dress-down Saturday in the office. His high-Wasp name, Robert Swan Mueller III, led them to call him Bobby Three Sticks.

But there was nothing effete about Mueller, a decorated Marine, who handled cases ranging from the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 to the prosecution of Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega. He smashed through bureaucratic obstacles so enthusiastically that his deputy, Dave Margolis, warned him gently that if he didn't forgo a...

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