Special Counsel Robert Mueller Had Been On White House Short List to Run FBI

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller attends the ceremonial swearing-in of FBI Director James Comey at the FBI Headquarters on Oct. 28, 2013.

The Trump White House had been considering Robert Mueller III to lead the FBI. Then, the Justice Department moved in and asked him to serve as special counsel in its Russia investigation.

(Image credit: Alex Wong/Getty Images)

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