“After receiving a trove of documents from the whistleblower, I found myself under surveillance and investigation by the U.S. government.”
The Stellar Wind confrontation was a rare moment in presidential history, an act of defiance that turned the Commander in Chief in his tracks. “You can only do that once, threaten to resign,” says Frances Fragos Townsend, who was then Bush’s counterterrorism adviser. “The second time you do it, you’re going to be told, ‘Accepted.'” That was not how it turned out for Mueller. He did it again two years later, with much the same result.