When TIME released its annual Most Influential list, much to Trump’s chagrin, Robert Mueller was featured prominently. To be clear, TIME has repeatedly defended choices for its “Most Influential” issues as the people chosen aren’t always paragons of virtue. The list is about who is the most influential — not necessarily the best.
In this case, Mueller’s addition was one that coincided with public sentiment as 81% of Americans polled have faith in the special counsel investigation and believe it should move forward.
Some profiles are better than others. To wit, the profile of Robert Mueller, which was penned by former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara, included below in its entirety:
“Robert S. Mueller III doesn’t seek deferments. After a classmate died in Vietnam, this well-to-do Princeton athlete traded his lacrosse stick for a military rifle and volunteered for war. He returned with a Bronze Star, a Purple Heart and a gunshot wound.
He later brought the same gritty courage to battling crime at the Department of Justice. Eventually, he retired to private practice, but moved by violence sweeping Washington, D.C., Mueller quit his law firm to work in the trenches as a homicide prosecutor.
When his 10-year term as FBI director expired, a notoriously gridlocked Congress changed the law—just for him—and, once again, Mueller forfeited comfort for continued service.
Mueller is straitlaced and tight-lipped, a legal and sartorial traditionalist. Once, while jointly announcing charges in an international assassination plot, he chided me for wearing a blue shirt.
Mueller’s buttoned-down discretion has made him an enigmatic vessel into which polarized sides pour their hopes and fears. To millions, the special counsel is either a political savior or berserk villain. He is neither. He’s a by-the-book lawman who, with nothing to prove and a lifetime of service behind him, agreed to lead the most fraught, least understood, highest-stakes investigation of our time.
For that we owe him incalculable thanks.”
Of course, Trump was also profiled. He is, like it or not, the sitting president. But his position on the list, coupled with the fact that his profile was written by none other than the man who trolled him at the Republican National Committee by delivering a speech in which he flatly refused to endorse him for president: Ted Cruz makes his profile… sub-optimal.
The history between Cruz and Trump makes his profile read as slightly ironic and, in any event, Trump is eclipsed by Mueller. The president is basically an also-ran compared to his arch nemesis Robert Mueller.
One wonders how angry Trump was about that?
The opening line of Ted Cruz’s profile: “President Trump is a flash-bang grenade thrown into Washington by the forgotten men and women of America” rings true. But since this president’s approval ratings have hovered between 34%-41% since taking office, it appears most Americans would love to go back in time and put the pin back in that particular grenade.