Virginia school of law offering course on Russian Mueller report – taught by Robert Mueller himself

Robert Mueller will participate in a University of Virginia School of Law course taking freshers inside the investigation that dominated headlines during Trump’s presidency.

Mueller and senior staff, including Aaron Zebley, will give students insights on Historic Inquiry, a course that will offer an inside look at the role of the special counsel. Premiered in 2017, with the Mueller report in 2019, the investigation looked into possible Russian interference with the 2016 presidential campaign and whether associates of the president were involved. Mueller being an ex-FBI director, led the investigation as special counsel, while Zebley served as deputy special counsel.

Jim Quarles, who was senior counsel to Mueller, and Andrew Goldstein, who was senior assistant special counsel, will teach the course. Mueller will lead at least one class. The short course, The Mueller Report, and the Role of the Special Counsel is sponsored by the school’s Karsh Center for Law and Democracy and will be offered in-person through six sessions during the fall semester. Mueller said he hopes to bring in other top prosecutors involved in the investigation as guest speakers as well. Mueller and Zebley will be participating as Karsh Center Distinguished Fellows.

“I was fortunate to attend UVA Law School after the Marine Corps, and I’m fortunate to be returning there now,” Mueller said. “I look forward to engaging with the students this fall.” The course will focus on a key set of decisions made during the special counsel’s investigation. Instructors will talk about the legal and practical context for those decisions in a discussion format, and walk through the challenges and trade-offs when making decisions in a high-profile investigation. The course will start chronologically with the launch of the investigation, including Mueller’s appointment as special counsel.

Other sessions will focus on navigating the relationship with the Justice Department and Congress, investigative actions relating to the White House, and the importance of the Roger Stone prosecution. The final sessions of the course will focus on obstruction of justice, presidential accountability, and the role of a special counsel in that accountability.

After the investigation was dismissed, Mueller, Zebley, and Quarles returned to their roles as partners at WilmerHale in Washington, D.C., while Goldstein joined Cooley in D.C, where he is the head of the white-collar defense and investigations practice. All former prosecutors, the team said they are looking forward to sharing their experiences with current students.


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