1. Robert Swan Mueller III’s nickname at Justice Department headquarters was “Bobby Three Sticks,” supposedly a reference both to the Roman numerals at the end of his name and the three-finger Boy Scout salute.

2. Mueller is at least the 31st person to be specially appointed to investigate federal wrongdoing. The first was John Henderson in 1875, hired and fired by President Ulysses Grant.

3. Mueller is the great-grandson of William Truesdale, who served from 1899-1925 as head of the Delaware, Lackawanna and Western Railroad, serving Pennsylvania, New York and New Jersey.

4. When Mueller was on the hockey team at St. Paul’s prep school in New Hampshire, one of his teammates was future Secretary of State John Kerry.

5. Mueller served 12 years as director of the FBI, the longest tenure since J. Edgar Hoover, but his law enforcement career was marked by a number of high-profile cases long before he rose to the top, including the investigation of mobster John Gotti, Panamanian strongman Manuel Noriega and the 1988 Pan Am Flight 103 bombing over Lockerbie, Scotland.

6. When George W. Bush took office in 2001, Mueller became acting deputy attorney general .

7. Mueller said he was inspired to serve in Vietnam because of the combat death of Princeton classmate and friend David Hackett.

8. When Mueller was between government jobs in 2014-15, the NFL hired him to investigate the league’s handling of the Ray Rice case.

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