Best quotes from Robert Mueller

Victor Mochere
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Robert Swan Mueller III is an American lawyer, government official, and Marine who served as the sixth Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), from 2001 to 2013. Between 2017 and 2019, he was the Special Counsel overseeing an investigation into allegations of Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election and related matters. Mueller also served as a Marine Corps officer during the Vietnam War, receiving a Bronze Star for heroism and a Purple Heart.

Some of the best quotes from Robert Mueller are listed below.

  1. “All I’m going to tell you is investigations, whether it be this and others, where you have partial facts, analysts, agents are always trying to interpret what those facts mean, extrapolate from them what they mean.” – Robert Mueller
  2. “And from the moment that we realized it was a terrorist attack, there isn’t an agent or a support person in the FBI that wasn’t committed to bringing to justice those who were responsible for this.” – Robert Mueller
  3. “And so every one of us in the FBI, I don’t care if it’s a file clerk someplace or an agent there or a computer specialist, understands that our main mission is to protect the public from another September 11, another terrorist attack.” – Robert Mueller
  4. “But since September 11, we have made every effort to try to work closely with state and local law enforcement.” – Robert Mueller
  5. “But we had – I think if you look at law enforcement 10 years ago, if you look at the challenges, the FBI was focused excessively on what was happening in the United States.” – Robert Mueller
  6. “I asked a Burmese why women, after centuries of following their men, now walk ahead. He said there were many unexploded land mines since the war.” – Robert Mueller
  7. “I didn’t know the organization, but the one thing you can say about the FBI, it’s tremendously professional.” – Robert Mueller
  8. “I know when I was here prosecuting homicides in the District of Columbia, one of the most effective units here was the cold case squad, which had on it FBI agents, as well as Metropolitan Police Department homicide detectives working together.” – Robert Mueller
  9. “I think around the world, our agents are the best collectors of information you’ll find.” – Robert Mueller
  10. “I was in my office when – on 9/11. I think I had a number of meetings scheduled. I was just getting to know the bureau. And somebody walked in and said the first plane had – or a plane had struck the World Trade Center, one of the towers.” – Robert Mueller
  11. “I would say in just about every investigation we have, there will be differences of opinion, where you have partial facts, as to what those facts mean.” – Robert Mueller
  12. “In planning an attack, persons have various roles.” – Robert Mueller
  13. “In the context of September 11, there were so many that lost their lives that – how do you single out one person? There were so many acts of heroism that day from so many people, whether it be firemen and police officers in New York and our agents also.” – Robert Mueller
  14. “In the future, the cyber threat will equal or even eclipse the terrorist threat.” – Robert Mueller
  15. “In the last 10 years, in narcotics task forces, in a number of violent crime task forces, we’ve worked very closely together with state and local law enforcement.” – Robert Mueller
  16. “In the United States, it’s the mandate of the FBI to gather information relating to terrorism, go out and collect it, to do the interviews, to do the investigative work.” – Robert Mueller
  17. “It’s because we need to determine who in this country is poised, positioned to commit terrorist acts.” – Robert Mueller
  18. “Leaking of classified material is a concern.” – Robert Mueller
  19. “No one has ever been able to convince me that optimism is not preferable to pessimism.” – Robert Mueller
  20. “People talk about the Patriot Act that was passed immediately in the wake of September 11. What the Patriot Act did was break down the walls between the various agencies.” – Robert Mueller
  21. “Prior to the passage of the Patriot Act, it was very difficult – often impossible – for us to share information with the Central Intelligence Agency, with NSA, with the other intelligence agencies, and likewise, for them to share information with us.” – Robert Mueller
  22. “So there is a foreign intelligence purpose for every one of our FISA warrants.” – Robert Mueller
  23. “So without getting into the specifics, I can tell you that to the extent that investigation is a relatively important investigation and meaningful, the president would have been periodically briefed.” – Robert Mueller
  24. “The 19 hijackers that came over here to commit the attack on Sept. 11, there were those that were at the bottom of the line. There were those who were the principal conspirators. There were those who were the pilot. Everybody has a role.” – Robert Mueller
  25. “The collapse of Enron was devastating to tens of thousands of people and shook the public’s confidence in corporate America.” – Robert Mueller
  26. “The FBI’s principal priority right now is protecting the United States against another terrorist attack.” – Robert Mueller
  27. “There are only two types of companies: those that have been hacked, and those that will be. Even that is merging into one category: those that have been hacked and will be again.” – Robert Mueller
  28. “There’ll be differences of opinion in just about every intelligence analysis that you make.” – Robert Mueller
  29. “They’re – FBI agents are some of the finest people you’ll find any place in the country or the world. And I’m lucky to have the opportunity to work with them.” – Robert Mueller
  30. “We cannot go up on a wire. We cannot do a search without a judge on the FISA Court approving it and determining that we have met the standard that has been set forth by Congress in order to utilize these techniques.” – Robert Mueller
  31. “We had to address information technology in the ways we had not before and give the agents the tools that they need to do their job more efficiently and more expeditiously.” – Robert Mueller
  32. “What we bring to the table is not only our 56 field offices in the United States and our number of resident agencies, but also we have 45 legal attaches overseas.” – Robert Mueller
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