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comey. >> with the publication, james comey reemerges as a central figure in the crisis facing the trump white house. >> quote. i am proud of the fact that i tried to do the right thing. i am proud of the fact i tried to be truthfulndranspart i think my way is better than that of the lying partisans who crowd or life today. i'm nicolle wallace. robert mueller and president donald trump, both men raised in privilege, both reaching the pinnacle of power. their journeys were different. one turned towards service. the other chased fortune. will lived in the spotlight. the other avoided it in. in 2017 these two worlds would collide in an investigation that could forever impact american politics.
>> the whole country is waiting to see what happens to robert mueller. leading one ocht biggest investigations in political history. >> mr. mueller had a conversation with president trump's attorneys on the russia probe. he walked through the president's status at this time. >> special counsel bob mueller is dialing up the pressure. >> cannot have a more formidable adversary if you are a bad guy that bob mueller. >> the u.s. intelligence community says the russians tried to come in and influence our election. who did it? how did they do it? was anyone here helping. >> the russia investigation is intensifying. >> they didn't just simply ask the trump organization for cooperation. he went straight to the subpoena. >> the stakes are high and battle lines are ground. >> the entire thing has been a witch hunt. >> the president unleashing his attack on the special counsel. >> he can't be intimidated. >> how far will this go? >> if president trump decided to fire robert mueller, it would be a very, very dangerous proposition.
>> where will it end? >> there could be a domino affect that leads to the end of this presidency. robert mueller's findings could be that first piece to fall. >> who is the man behind the investigation? >> bob mueller seems to be everywhere. >> now it's up to mueller to say when it's done. >> mueller may be the most talked about man in d.c. right now, with the exception of donald trump. >> this is big stuff. bob mueller is the guy to do it. ♪ >> it's a total witch hunt. i have been saying it for a long
time. >> much of the bad blood with russia is caused by the fake and corrupt rush investigation. headed up by the all democratic loyalist or people that worked sfr obama. and attorney client privilege is dead. we know where the president stands. at do we know about robert mueller? who shuns t spotlight for himself and his elite team. >> as i flekt upon my career i can say that i never could have anticipated where i ended up. >> the justice department announced a special counsel to lead a new investigation into russian influence in the election. >> name special counsel in the spring of 2017, robert mueller is in charge of one of the most consequential investigations in
political history. into a boldface name in washington dc. mueller looms over an expansive investigation that could detonate a presidency. >> he knows when his mandate is. he'll focus on what he was asked to do. no different than he's done in other investigations throughout his life. and deliver results on that. >> this is big stuff. this is looking at whether a foreign country tried to influence the u.s. election. whether the person in the white house should continue to be president. it's about the toughest thing there is in law enforcement. and bob mueller is the guy to do it. he's not going to shy away from it. had knows what the stakes are. >> here's a guy who does what he thinks is right regardless of the cost to himself. would never lie or manipulate facts. is the true to himself and his
mission. >> it's a mission born out of politil rings, meetings and shifting stories from the highest echelon of power. >> mueller maybe the most talked about man in d.c. right now. with the exception of donald trump. he's rarely seen. he's someone who is reclusive. he doesn't want to be in the limelight. >> we don't see him. that's how he is. it's not about that for him. it's about the task at hand sfwl the task at hand is looking into possible collusion with the russians. during the 2016 election. >> deputy attorney general rod rosenstein takes over the russia investigation no may 2017 after attorney general jeff sessions recusal. rosenstein pick for special counsel is met with almost universal praise.
>> led immediately to an embrace of him as the person to play the role. >> details of mullers probe are a closely guarded secret. the then fbi director describes his hard line on leaks to then today show anchor. in 2008. >> i do not count this as leaking. do not think it's appropriate. there are steps that can be taken to raise matters that should be raised to the appropriate level. you do not leak. >> don't leak? >> one does not leak. >> he is probably established security procedures that include polygraph exams for his staff. not because he doesn't trust his staff but rather to be able to say if this leaks, it wasn't my team. >> how much is above the surface and how much is below remains to be seen. i can tell you from experience that typically there's a lot that we don't see.
and may never see. >> with so little information circulating, each new development in the investigation is front page news. former trump campaign chairman paul manafort and his business partner richard gates become the first people indicted in the probe in october 2017. the same day, it's also revealed that former trump foreign policy adviser george papadopoulos had previously pleaded guilty to lying to the fbi. just more than a month later, former national security adviser michael flynn is caught up in mueller's web. manafort and gates pleaded not guilty. papadopoulos and flynn both plead guilty to like to the fbi and are cooperating with the investigation. >> the indictments of manafort and gates show that robert mueller is being a very meticulous prosecutor.
we barely heard a peep from him and then all of a sudden those indictments are made public. >> i'm sure everybody who spoke to mr. papadopoulos either in person or on the phone after the day that we now know he was arrested is very worried and thinking back hard on what was said. >> as the net tightens in the investigation, criticism directed at the special counsel intensifies. >> the president on twitter again today sounding off about a witch hunt. >> they're trying to cheat you out of the leadership you want with a fake story. >> some who initially praised the pick have changed their tune. former house speaker newt gingrich went from superb choice to --
>> i think the people mueller is bringing in are dangerous people. any republican who thinks this counsel will be neutral is crazy. >> republican members of congress have introduced legislation calling for mueller's removal. >> i join my colleague the gentleman from arizona in calling for mr. mueller's resignation or his firing. >> anybody who is criticizing in advance bob mueller or the special counsel's office doesn't know him and they're wrong. >> i'm sure for supporters of the president, they see this investigation as the one that's going to bring redemption. i'm sure the people who oppose the president see that this investigation will bring deliverance. everybody has a lot invested in this investigation. for mueller, it's basically finding the truth. >> coming up -- >> bob mueller can't be bullied, he can't be intimidated. i don't think bob mueller will ever bow to any political pressure from anybody. -if you told me a year ago where i'd be right now...
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i can say that i did not really choose public service, rather i more or less fell into it early on. perhaps not fully appreciating the challenges from such service. >> robert mueller who finds himself thrust into the political spotlight began his path of service decades earlier. robert mueller, iii is born in new york city. raised in philadelphia, mueller spends his formative years at the prestigious all boys prep school st. paul's. >> a fun guy. it was not somebody that would dominate conversations among students, among the guys. but he was attentive, engaged, fun to be around. >> he was an exceptionally accomplished as a student and as an athlete. but he was completely
unpretentious and very authentic as a person. >> an emphasis is placed on athletics. mueller joins the lacrosse, soccer and hockey teams. >> he was a great leader. you could tell from playing with him at winni, but winning the right way was important to him. >> at a school full of the bright and ambitious, mueller stands out. but he is not the only future d.c. fixture in his class. >> one of bob mueller's classmates was john kerry, who obviously had a distinguished career in his own right. >> john was more of an openly ambitious young man. >> john kerry was in some ways more forceful or more visible character in the school. but bob mueller got sort of outsized level of respect for how quiet and unpretentious he was. >> after graduation, mueller
enrolled at his father's alma mater, princeton. as he had at st. paul's, he's on the lacrosse team and becomes friends with an upper classman named david hackett. it will shape the rest his life. >> he was not necessarily the best on the team, but he was a determined and a natural leader. >> david graduated that spring and was far from our thoughts and we went to our senior year. >> in 1965, he graduates and volunteers to fight in the burgeoning conflict there vietnam. after volunteering for a second tour, he is killed in the spring of 1967 by a sniper's bullet. >> one would have naturally thought that the life of a marine and david's death in vietnam would argue strongly against following in his footsteps. many of us saw him, the person we wanted to be, even before his untimely death.
a number of his friends and teammates joined the marine corps because of him as did i. >> while many of his peers avoid serving, bob mueller decides to enlist. >> it is well-known that it was in some ways a poor person's war. the idea of a st. paul's and princeton person being in that mix, they were pretty rare. >> i remember hearing that bob had volunteered to go to vietnam. i didn't know why. but i thought it seemed very much in keeping with his character. >> mueller ships out to vietnam and assumes command of an infantry platoon. on december 11, 1968, just weeks after his deployment, his men come under heavy fire. he is awarded a bronze star for combat valor. >> the bronze star citation
read, second lieutenant mueller moved fearlessly with complete disregard for his own safety. >> four months later, in april of 1969, mueller's platoon is attacked by the vietcong. during the ferocious fire fight he is shot through the thigh by an enemy ak-47. despite his injury, mueller refuses to withdraw until his men are out of harm's way. the incident earns him a purple heart. >> i consider myself fortunate to live through the war in vietnam. there were many men who did not. in many sense you feel you have been given a second lease on life and you want to make the most of it to contribute in some way. >> coming up -- >> we were having enormous spikes in the murder rate in the
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from undergraduate princeton to under fire in vietnam, robert mueller returns to the u.s. determined to continue in service to his country. >> the way in which you choose to serve does not matter, only that you work to better the country and your community. >> the former marine enrolls at the university of virginia law school. intent on becoming an fbi agent. but is soon workinas a prosecutor at the u.s. attorney's office in san fro. >> he is very serious, very professional, very dedicated. but he had -- a good sense of humor. he was one of the best. he was one of the top ranked two or three prosecutors in our office. >> the old guard knew bob as a highly competent courtroom lawyer and somebody who should be feared in trial. he was quietly effective. was a fierce opponent.
>> a few years later, mueller leaves san francisco for a job in the u.s. attorney's office in boston. >> eight years later, i'm in private practice here in delaware and one of my clients gets indicted in springfield, massachusetts. all of a sudden i learn that bob was going to be the prosecutor. i was walking into court early, maybe 8:00 in the morning. there is bob in his shirt sleeves with piles of papers that he had just xeroxed. the guy is the acting united states attorney in boston. he is the head of the office. he could have had anybody doing that. and he did that. >> in 1989, mueller joins the justice department, eventually becoming head of the criminal division. there he oversees a number of high profile cases, including the investigation of the bombing of pan am flight 103, and the prosecutions of manuel noriega.
>> it can seem daunting. but mueller is very disciplined. i think for him, you don't look at the thing as a whole and say, that's just too big. you start to say, all right, how do we attack this? >> in 1993, to the surprise of many, mueller leaves the public sector and takes a job as a white collar litigator at a law firm. >> i was having din we are bob mueller. he was talking about how unhappy he was in private practice. he was representing corporations in civil cases. it wasn't his thing. >> bob mueller did something quite remarkable. he called up the u.s. attorney in washington and said, i want to prosecute murder cases. >> the u.s. attorney in washington, d.c. at the time, future attorney general eric holder, remembers taking the call. >> i remind him that he had a great job, there was no way i would be able to match his
current salary and having served as assistant attorney general for the criminal division, he might be a little overqualified for a job as a line prosecutor. before he could change his mind, i just said, when can you start. >> that is who he is. i think at his core, that's the work that he loves the most. >> this was when we were having enormous spikes in the murder rate in the district of columbia. it was a very, very serious problem. people were trying to find a way out of what was a very dangerous and desperate situation. there was a need for people who had the skills and ality and the dedication to the rule of law like bob mueller to come in and take that role. >> you can almost picture mueller as being in sort of a '90s cop show. he would answer the show and say mueller, homicide. sounds like he had never been happier. >> in 1997, he is offered a job at the u.s. attorney of northern california. he brings with him a more disciplined style of management.
>> he beat everybody to the office every morning. before he left, he would walk the halls and see who was in their offices. he took note of who was still there working at 6:00 and who had gone home. >> people might complain about bob is working us hard. but they were proud of themselves because they were working hard. he brings that out in people. >> mueller beeves up the division and starts a unit to tackle cyber crime. >> he is a computer geek. he loves computers. he loved them when they first came out. he loved to see what they could do. he plays with them. he goes upstairs and he does it with great seriousness. >> he created the first chip unit. now every u.s. attorney's office has it. >> people like me who were opponents the entire time bob was here ended up seeing a renewed life in the office that
was reeshing. it's like playing tennis. yourame is always better when the person on the other side of the net is at the top of their game. >> credited with turning around the northern california office, mueller's profile is on the rise. he is about to be tapped for his biggest assignment yet. coming up -- >> i was in my office and an individual came in and said there's a plane that crashed into the world trade center in new york. >> can you imagine seven days into the job he is hit with 9/11? suddenly, he faces the biggest domestic act of terrorism in american history. patrick woke up with back pain.
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exert executive privilege over. and sanctions for support of the assad. now back to "headliners, robert mueller." our next fbi director has given nearly all his career to public service. going back to his days in the marine corps. >> president george w. bush nominates robert mueller, a republican, to be the sixth director of the fbi, on july 5, 2001. >> protect and defend the -- >> after a bruising election victory over al gore, partisan rancor is at an all time high. bush's pick to run the fbi needs democratic backing to ensure confirmation. >> i think he was seen as somebody serious, well-regarded, disciplined, highly focused and very much a team player. >> willie brown, san francisco's mayor during mueller's tenure as
u.s. attorney, lobbies california's democratic senators on his behalf. >> he ca ito see me because he needed to get democratic senate approval of a job which he was being offered as head of the fbi. i was pleased that he did, because i loved speaking to senator feinstein and senator boxer about my experience with him, my knowledge of him and the reputation that i knew that he had. >> thank you very much, mr. president. >> the camera-shy mueller speaks for 47 seconds at his own nomination ceremony. >> again, thank you, mr. president, for the confidence you have shown in me. thank you, sir. >> congratulations. >> three weeks later at his confirmation hearing before the senate judiciary committee, mueller is more forthcoming. >> waco, ruby ridge, fbi lab,
robert hanson and the mcveigh documents, these familiar names and events remind us that the fbi is far from perfect and the next director faces significant management and administrative challenges. >> there were a number of high profile incidents that raised concern during last director's term. when bob mueller came on board, part of it was to instill confidence back in the fbi. >> all of these were sort of piling up as mueller faced the prospect of taking over the fbi. >> we must and will confront the challenges. >> we understand that the fbi is now requiring polygraphs for managers handling national security matters. are you willing to continue that approach? >> yes. >> would you be willing to take a polygraph yourself if that were the case? >> yes. indeed, it's my belief you don't -- this may be my training from the marine corps.
but you don't ask people to do that what you are unwilling to do yourself. i have take than polygraph. >> i ask that question because i knew you had. how did you do? >> i'm sitting here. >> an increasingly partisan congress, mueller is confirmed with 98 yes and zero no in the u.s. senate. his first day of work is set for september 4th, 2001. >> i had been director for one week. as i recall, i was in my office and an individual came in and said there's a plane that's crashed into the world trade center in new york. i look outside this beautiful day. you wonder how a pilot could be so off flight path to fly into the world trade center. i think we were all wondering about that.
and then word came of the second plane. >> a third jetliner flies into the pentagon. a fourth destined for washington, d.c. crashes in a field in pennsylvania. >> can you imagine sen days into the job he is hit with 9/11? he is just beginning to learn his way around fbi headquarters when suddenly he faces the biggest domestic act of terrorism in american history. he has to figure out how to respond to that. >> frank served as assistant director for counterintelligence in mueller's fbi. >> we felt sorry for the guy. he is just starting to learn how the bureaucracy works. instead, a crisis intervenes that is baptism by fire. he has to learn who to trust around him quickly. >> on september 12, 2001, he showed up in a strategic operation center to take command of probably the worst time ever to become a director in the history of the fbi.
>> our first effort is to identify any associates in the united states who might be related to the hijackers. >> i remember being incredibly comfortable for the country because he was in that position. i think anybody that knew him felt that way and felt like if there's anybody that's capable of dealing with this situation, it's bob. he will be able to do it. >> george w. bush at the time is demanding briefings two or three times a day on the phone, in person. this is someone who because of his rigor and discipline was ableo rise to the occasion. >> three days after the attacks unfold, mueller is summoned for a meeting at the white house with president bush. >> he was very focused given his background as prosecutor and investigator on here is what we have done to figure out who is responsible for these devastating attacks on september 11th.
>> two or three minutes into it and i recall president bush saying that's well and good. we expect the bureau to identify and bring to justice those responsible. my question to you today is, what is the fbi doing to prevent the next terrorist attack? >> that changed bob mueller's life, the transformation of the fbi from that minute forward. >> coming up -- >> the fbi wasn't just behind the rest of the government in technology, it was behind the country in technology. >> it was a nightmare. he couldn't believe it. you wouldn't accept an incomplete job
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global war on terrorism. >> the fbi's mission really changed after 9/11. international affairs were left to the cia. they were seen as the leaders of the that international intelligence community. that wasn't what we pictured the fbi doing. mueller was steering the ship that slowly changed in that direction. >> we had to prioritize, make counterterrorism our number one priority. make certain we spend whatever resources were necessary to prevent the next terrorist attack, not just determine who was responsible. >> he led that charge. it was like turning the titanic. in order to do that, he imposed very rigorous discipline on all of us. he would come in extremely early, functioned on very little sleep and expected us to do the same. >> good evening. the fbi makes more arrests today. >> as the u.s. becomes embroiled in the war on terror, mueller, a supporter of the constitution,
is uncomfortable with the possible erosion of civil rights. >> i knew and understand we would be judged not only on how successful we were in preventing attacks but how successful we were in doing that within the confines and constraints of the constitution. >> i brought the right for people at guantanamo. i got a lot of flak for it. we had a dinner party after the case. the middle of it bob mueller stood up. he toasted me. he wanted to get the bad guys. but he recognized the importance of sticking to our principals in doing it. so that we don't bring shame on our nation. >> in a rare interview, mueller explains. >> it's important the american public trust the fbi. i get the sense that means a great deal to you. >> most important thing for the bureau is its integrity.
>> in revamping the bureau's mission after 9/11, mueller discovers that his agency is woefully ill-equipped technologically to deal with the threat of terrorism. >> the fbi wasn't just behind the rest of the government in technology. it was behind the country in technology. >> when first came into the fbi, there was no e-mail. there was a machine where you actually would take a photograph and you would watch it like an amazed kid, one line at a time. it would go through. you would see the boss in the office picking that up. it would take four hours. >> the computers were not connected to the internet. most communications were done by fax. when 9/11 occurred, there were dozens of fax machines lined up in the command center and all these faxes were coming in. nobody could keep track of them. it was just just a nightmare. he couldn't believe it. >> as he had done in california, building the cyber crime unit,
mueller makes modernizing the bureau a top priority. >> he brought it into the 21st century and into a time where the national security landscape had changed. >> mueller's buttoned up management style contrasted that with louie freeh. >> mueller didt trto suck up to the agents. muler was e boss. he wanted the straight answers. >> i think a misconception is that he was very hard on people and they walked away hurt because he was so probative. he knew when someone wasn't being 100% accurate. that left a lot of people frustrated. but it also made everybody around the table -- when you came in to brief bob mueller, you better be prepared. >> you would not get by with mere vagueness or we're all over it or we've got it handled, mr. director. if you didn't have a command of
those facts, he would make it known to an aide or assistant that he simply didn't need to be briefed by you again. indeed, you would never see the inside of the director's conference room again. >> mueller, a husband and father of two, famously puts in long hours at the office. >> he led by example. if he got to the office at 5:30 in the morning, you wanted to get to the office at 5:30 in the morning. if he stayed until late at night, you wanted to stay until late at night. >> he has an ability to not just rule with an iron fist because that's not effective leadership. he has the ability to raise everybody's game. and make them do better. >> i can't remember a written product, no matter how carefully we would edit it, where he didn't find a change. that makes you raise up your game. >> i think the word enjoy would not be the first one that comes to mind for people who work for bob mueller. respect, admire, y. but he could bvery tough and very demanding. mueller, in fact, admits this about himself, that he could be
quite impatient. >> i think what most people don't realize is him -- because he has this tough exterior, is that he really had a spot in his heart for fbi employees. >> day in and day out, agents put their lives on the line. if you lose an agent, you can lose it to cancer, to -- in the line of duty. we respond as a family. we have lost a piece of our body, so to speak. >> i think what most people don't know is that even the agents that died in the line of duty, he had pictures of them if his office. you didn't frequently go into his office. to the side of his was every single agent that died during his tenure in the fbi. he looked at those pictures every single day. i think that's lost on a lot of individuals. they see bob mueller as this tough guy. right? but he really felt every single one of those fallen agents in the fbi. >> coming up -- >> bob mueller can certainly be
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a decade after the 9/11 attacks, the fbi hardly resembles the institution that robert mueller had taken over. after ten years on the job, now serving under his second president, mueller's term as director is about to expire. >> you cannot stay longer than ten years. it's not something at the discretion of the president. it's a ten-year term and that's it. >> the fbi director's term limit was put in place in the 1970s after the death of original director hoover who led the department for nearly 50 years.
sure there are no more hoovers. no more people that can acquire so much power. because they had been in the fbi so long ta were basically uncontrollable and feared. >> finding a replacement test t the replacement proved to be difficult. we were having trouble and i accepted. >> none of the previous directors finished their ten year terms let alone exceeded them. it requires congress to pass a new law to clear the senate unanimously. >> the decision to extend bob mueller's term never happened. it was a remarkable thing to
him. >> mueller hands a completely overhauled fbi to a new director, james comey, a man who would four years later play a major role in the initial phase of the russia investigation. >> the fbi was now a full-fledged member of the u.s. intelligence community and not just the premiere law enforcement agency in the united states. he earned the respect of the american people with the cause of that america is at peace because the fbi is at war. >> after leaving the fbi, mueller is hired as partner at the law firm, wilmer hale with his previous life never far from his mind. >> i remember sitting with him and asked him how his life was. i definitely got the impression his life of service was not finished.
>> reporter: while bob mueller orki at the law fm on behalf of businesses like sony -- >> i just received a call from secretary clinton. >> casting a shadow over the new administration are concerns about russian hacking during the campaign. just weeks after his confirmation as attorney general, jeff sessions recuses himself from any investigation into russian meddling, when his contact with the russian ambassador during the campaign comes to light. >> i have now decided to recuse myself from any existing or future investigations. >> three months later, in a stunning turn -- >> president trump has fired james comey as director of the fbi. >> fbi directors aren't really supposed to be fired and hired like cabinet officials. the fbi director is appointed to a ten year term which is supposed to overlap at least two administrations. this is supposed to insulate the
fbi director from politics to insure they're not loyal to one party or another. >> the initial reasons the administration gave for firing jim comey was because they said the bureau had lost trust in him. it was because of hiss work on the hillary clinton e-mail investigation they had lost trust and therefore he needed to be replaced. shortly after comey was fired president trump went on nbc. >> regardless of recommendation i was going to fire comey. this russia thing with trump and russia is amaid-up story, and excuse. >> the firing of comey and the questions about rush's involvement in the 2016 election lead to an uproar in congress. deputy attorney general rod rosenstein must step in since his boss has recused himself. >> partly for the sake of the image of the justice department, the independence of the investigation as a way to solve the pressure he was getting from congress and to be able to stay as deputy attorney general, rosenstein decided a special
counsel needed to be brought in. >> i think rod was looking for somebody of unimpeachable integrity and deep and abiding respect for the law whose judgment really can't be questioned. when you make that list, bob mueller's name has got to be at the top. >> rod rosenstein today took himself out of overseeing the russia investigation, turning that over to robert mueller. >> if you were looking for someone who was going to move into a difficult and politically charged situation and give people a sense what he said was real and true, it was an inspired pick. >> the investigation begins in the spring of 2017. mueller assembles a team of some of the country's highest profiled and seasoned investigators. >> one thing about bob mueller, he's always been able to surround himself with people that are very very good. that's probably one of the skills he has that allowed him to succeed in many things he has
done. >> >> the best way to understand mueller's investigation, to look at it as bucket. a russia bucket, obstruction bucket and finance bucket. the bucket we know the most about is the obstruction one, questions about what the president has done since he came into office. why did he fire james comey? why did he ask for comey to end the flynn investigation? why has he demanded so much loyalty of the folks running the investigation. >> with indictments handed up and guilty pas from multiple trump associates the probe shows no signs of winding down h there ever been a new presidency where four members of the presidential campaign ended up charged with felonies before the end of the new president's first year in office? has there ever been a presidency when the national security advisor or somebody at that level flipped to become a cooperating witness? >> the possibility of a russia connection has followed this president since his election, which he repeatedly denies. >> there has been no conlution.
there's absolutely no collusion. the whole russian thing was an excuse for democrats losing the election. >> bob mueller is the top of the game in terms of his judgment and doggedness and ability and maybe most importantly, the prosecutors you fear most are the ones who aren't full of bluster, who aren't puffing their chest out but the ones who are going to quietly and single mindedly pick your case apart. and that's the kind of focus bob brings to this job. >> special counsel, bob mueller, is dialing up the pressure on two former trump aides clearly squeezing paul manafort tighter and tighter. >> in february, 2018 mueller levels two new charges against manafort and rick gates detailing an alleged scheme of
tax evasion. manafort pleased not guilty but gates pleased guilty to charges of conspiracy and false statements becoming the third trump aide to strike such a deal. also under focus, the release by wikileaks of democrats' e-mails during the 2016 presidential election. who knew what and when? >> did trump know that e-mails were about to come out, that the russians had these? >> mueller sympathies the trump organization to hand over all documents related to russia in march of 2018. we now have this going beyond e campaign, beyond the time in the white house and to the heart of the trump organization. >> according to the "washington post," that same month, when talking to the president's lawyers, special counsel mueller describes president trump as a subject of the investigation and not a criminal target. >> subject is the middle status. subject is more than a witness. subject is someone whose conduct
is being investigated but at this time is not apparently guilty of a crime. >> then, one week later, a stunning term. >> we begin with late word of an fbi raid on the manhattan offices of president trump's personal lawyer, michael cohen. >> for the southern district of new york, the fbi execute as search warrant and raids the new york city offices and residences of president trump's personal attorney, michael cohen. cohen's attorney calls the search completely inappropriate and unnecessary. >> it's a disgrace, a real disgrace, an attack on our country in the true sense, an attack on what we all stand for, at a whole new level of unfairness. >> throughout the probe there has been a growing drumbeat to end the investigation and fire mueller. >> i have concerns with mr.
mueller as it relates to bias. >> we do not know the magnitude of this insider bias on mr. mueller's team. >> time to get it under control. mueller is not the answer, he's the problem. >> the president has been sharing his own views on twitter for monse. the mueller probe should never have been started and no collusion and no crime. later, a total witch hunt with massive conflicts of interests. will anyone stand in mueller's way? >> bob mueller can't be bought or intimidated. i don't think he will bow to any pressure from anybody. >> he will take this wherever it leads. i wish we could let him do his job. i keep hearing dueling memos from the intelligence committee. and they will try to figure out what the russians did what they did and how to keep them from doing it again. >> he understands the responsibility and knows the
country is watching and wants to get it done right. if there's illegality, he will find i bo muell is the person to bring down this presidency. >> w d't i just fire mueller? >> i think it's a disgrace what's going on. we'll see what happens. x xxx her name was pepper. >> i lived a secret life. >> she was kidnapped at age 4. >> we got in the car and we never went back. >> she spent decades trying to find her way home again and she finally made it, or so she thought. >> i said, i think i'm rhonda. do you know her? thers