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The course begins with the origin of the investigation and will discuss, among other things, Roger Stone’s indictment, obstruction of justice, and the factors of how a special investigator can hold a president accountable. According to the school’s announcement, Mueller aims to have top prosecutors from the investigation come to the class as guest speakers.
Mueller was notoriously secretive even after the investigation was over. Outside of testimony before Congress in 2019, Mueller was publicly silent about the investigation until July 2020 when he wrote a Washington Post comment defending the investigation.
The Justice Department appointed Mueller as a special investigator in 2017. Trump did not respond kindly to his appointment, according to Mueller’s report.
“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, often called the investigation “witch hunt” and, according to Mueller’s report, tried repeatedly to fire him.
Mueller’s report ultimately found no evidence that Trump’s campaign was involved in a criminal conspiracy to aid Russian meddling attempts. The report did not rule out Trump obstructing the judiciary, but neither did it include it. Mueller also noted that the Russian government interfered “extensively and systematically” in the 2016 election, and his office charged dozens of Russian individuals and entities with federal crimes.
His office indicted Trump confidante Roger Stone in connection with the investigation he was defending. Trump commuted Stone’s sentence.
“The Russia investigation was of paramount importance,” Mueller wrote in the Post. “Stone has been prosecuted and convicted for guilty of federal crimes. He remains a convicted felon, and rightly so. “