THE WHITE HOUSE
Office of the Press Secretary
PRESIDENT CLINTON NAMES ROBERT S. MUELLER, III, AS UNITED STATES ATTORNEY FOR THE NORTHERN DISTRICT OF CALIFORNIA
The President today announced his intent to nominate Robert S. Mueller, III, to serve as the United States Attorney for the Northern District of California.
Mr. Robert S. Mueller, III, of San Francisco, California, has served as Interim United States Attorney for that district since August 1998. Between 1995 and 1998, Mr. Mueller was senior litigation counsel and then chief of the homicide section in the United States Attorney's office for the District of Columbia. Previously, he was a senior partner in a private Washington, DC, law firm, where he practiced both criminal and civil law. From 1990 until 1993, Mr. Mueller held the position of Assistant Attorney General for the Criminal Division, United States Department of Justice, supervising 800 attorneys and overseeing broad and significant federal criminal investigations. Prior to that appointment, he served as Assistant to the United States Attorney General for law enforcement issues and criminal matters. Mr. Mueller's federal experience prior to 1990 includes six years with the United States Attorney's office for the District of Massachusetts, where he served as criminal division chief; First Assistant United States Attorney; Deputy United States Attorney; and court-appointed United States Attorney. He also served six years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern District of California.
Mr. Mueller received a B.A. degree from Princeton University in 1966, a Masters degree in international studies from New York University in 1972, and a J.D. degree from the University of Virginia Law School in 1973. He served in the United States Marine Corps from 1967-70 and has been awarded the Bronze Star, two Navy Commendation Medals, the Purple Heart, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.
United States Attorneys are the chief federal prosecutors and law enforcement officers for the 94 federal judicial districts. They have principal responsibility for the prosecution of federal matters in their district.