Mueller to help lead UVa law school class on Russia investigation

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The class is set to begin with the investigation’s origin, and will go on to discuss Roger Stone’s prosecution, obstruction of justice and how a special counsel factors into holding a president accountable, among other things. According to the school’s release, Mueller aims to have top prosecutors from the investigation visit the class as guest speakers.

Mueller was notoriously tight-lipped about the investigation, even after it concluded. Outside of congressional testimony in 2019, Mueller was silent publicly on the investigation until July 2020, when he wrote a Washington Post op-ed defending the investigation.

The Justice Department named Mueller as special counsel in 2017. According to Mueller’s report, Trump did not respond kindly to his appointment.

“Oh my God,” the former president told then-Attorney General Jeff Sessions. “This is terrible. This is the end of my Presidency. I’m fucked.”

Trump often railed against Mueller, frequently calling the investigation a “witch hunt,” and repeatedly tried to fire him, according to Mueller’s report.

Mueller’s report ultimately did not evidence to show that Trump’s campaign engaged in a criminal conspiracy to aid Russian interference attempts. The report did not rule out that Trump obstructed justice, but also did not implicate him of it. Mueller also found that the Russian government meddled in the 2016 election in “sweeping and systematic fashion,” and his office charged dozens of Russian people and entities with federal crimes.

His office indicted Trump confidant Roger Stone in connection with the probe, which he defended. Trump commuted Stone’s prison sentence.

“The Russia investigation was of paramount importance,” Mueller wrote in the Post op-ed. “Stone was prosecuted and convicted because he committed federal crimes. He remains a convicted felon, and rightly so.”

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Roberto Walker
He is an associate editor and works at the political desk. He covers a wide range of news from world politics to local politics.
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