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Washingtons moralske kompas fylder 75 år

Robert Mueller var FBI-chef i 12 år, men det var Rusland-undersøgelsen mod præsident Donald Trump, der gjorde hans navn verdenskendt. Onsdag fylder han 75 år.

Tidligere FBI-chef og forhenværende særlig Rusland-undersøger Robert Mueller blev af Trump beskyldt for at stå i spidsen for en heksejagt. Foto: Jonathan Ernst/Reuters Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testifies before a House Intelligence Committee hearing on the Office of Special Counsel's investigation into Russian Interference in the 2016 Presidential Election on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 24, 2019. REUTERS/Jim Bourg WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 24: Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testifies before the House Intelligence Committee about his report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election in the Rayburn House Office Building July 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. Mueller earlier testified before the House Judiciary Committee in back-to-back hearings on Capitol Hill. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images/AFP == FOR NEWSPAPERS, INTERNET, TELCOS & TELEVISION USE ONLY == Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testifies before the House Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, July 24, 2019. (Photo by JIM WATSON / AFP) Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller listens as he testifies before the House Select Committee on Intelligence hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, July 24, 2019. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) FILE PHOTO: Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller departs from the U.S. Capitol following his testimonies before the House of Representatives, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. July 24, 2019. REUTERS/Tom Brenner/File Photo

I begyndelsen af 1990’erne fik den daværende statsadvokat i Washington, Eric Holder, et opkald fra Robert Mueller, som kom med en overraskende anmodning.

Han ville høre, om Holder manglede en anklager i drabsafdelingen. Mueller var på det tidspunkt hoppet fra en indflydelsesrig stilling som næstkommanderende i justitsministeriets strafferetsafdeling til et privat advokatfirma i Washington med en løn på knap 3 mio. kr. ..

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