Robert S. Mueller III will be teaching a course at the University of Virginia Law School designed to involve students in his investigation, which concluded that Russia interfered in the 2016 election to help Donald J. Trump announced the university on Wednesday.
The course, called “The Mueller Report and the Role of the Special Counsel,” is briefed by Mr. Mueller along with three former federal attorneys: James L. Quarles III, Andrew D. Goldstein, and Aaron Zebley, who was Mr. Mueller’s assistant. Mr. Mueller recruited the three men to work on the investigation, which spanned two years of the Trump administration.
Mr. Mueller will lead at least one of six face-to-face events and hopes, according to the university, to be able to attract other top public prosecutors as guest speakers.
The course will cover the investigation chronologically, from hiring Mr. Müller as a special investigator in 2017 to completing the investigation in 2019. The lecturers also want to explain the challenges facing prosecutors and “the legal and practical context” of critical decisions, the said University.
The final class is intended to focus on obstruction of justice and the role of special lawyers in the accountability of the president. The Mueller report details Mr Trump’s actions, which many legal experts said were sufficient to ask a grand jury to indict him for obstruction of justice, but Attorney General William P. Barr got him off shortly after the report was finalized Disability acquitted.
The announcement of the course should revive curiosity about the Russia investigation, which Trump repeatedly derided as a “witch hunt” and of which Mr. Müller rarely spoke in public. He was a reluctant witness during a closely watched Congressional hearing in July 2019, during which he testified for nearly seven hours, gave many truncated replies, and largely did not depart from the conclusions of his report.
Last summer, Mr Mueller wrote an opinion piece for the Washington Post the day after Mr Trump commuted his longtime friend Roger J. Stone Jr., a political agent, to his sentence. In the essay, Mr. Mueller defended Mr. Stone’s federal crime charges in the context of the Russia investigation.
“We made every decision in Stone’s case, as in all of our cases, solely on the basis of facts and law and in accordance with the rule of law,” wrote Mr. Mueller.
Mr. Zebley told the University of Virginia that the course instructors would use public records to explain the path of the investigation.
Upon completion of the investigation, Mr. Mueller, Mr. Zebley and Mr. Quarles left the Department of Justice and returned to the WilmerHale private law firm in Washington where they are partners. Mr. Goldstein is now a partner at Cooley’s Washington law firm. Mr. Mueller and Mr. Zebley are both law school graduates from the University of Virginia.
All four lawyers had notable careers in the Justice Department and said they look forward to sharing those experiences with students, the university said.
“I’m looking forward to getting in touch with the students this fall,” said Mr. Mueller.