Robert Mueller, Who Oversaw Trump-Russia Probe, Returns to Private Practice

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Robert Mueller, the former special counsel who oversaw a two-year probe into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. election to help Donald Trump become president, is returning to his old law firm.

Mueller, 75, is rejoining WilmerHale as a partner focused on high-profile investigations and crisis management, similar to his work prior to becoming special counsel, the law firm said on Tuesday.

Two other lawyers who left WilmerHale to work in the special counsel’s office, James Quarles and Aaron Zebley, are also returning, as partners. The law firm has about 1,000 lawyers.

“It was an honor to serve as special counsel,” Mueller said in a statement provided by the firm. “I look forward to resuming my private practice.”

Mueller was a WilmerHale partner in Washington for three years before his May 2017 appointment as special counsel, and had been a partner at a predecessor firm in the mid-1990s.

He was also FBI director from 2001 to 2013, becoming that agency’s longest-serving director other than J. Edgar Hoover.

Mueller spent 22 months investigating what he concluded was “sweeping” Russian interference in the 2016 election, and told Congress on July 24 that Russia would keep trying to interfere in U.S. elections.

“They’re doing it as we sit here,” Mueller said, “and they expect to do it during the next campaign.”

The probe also focused on Trump’s alleged efforts to impede the inquiry.

While the president said a special counsel report released in April was a “complete and total exoneration” of him, Mueller did not reach a conclusion on whether Trump committed the crime of obstruction of justice.

The report also said Mueller found insufficient evidence to establish that Trump and his campaign had engaged in a criminal conspiracy with Russia.

(Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Editing by Alistair Bell)

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General Confusion
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”I do object to you calling him an “as*hole.” Phyllis

I think you are confused by Cherl. I am pretty sure she is referring to me. Cherl and Confused James are from the same tribe, so I doubt she referred to him. But she is confused a lot, which I point out often.

I can’t recall Confused James expressing humor. Sarcasm? I don’t think so.

Cherl
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I seldom use foul language here or in general but is anyone else finding the resident trolls tiresome in their attempt at humor and pathetic sarcasm? In other words being true blue as*holes in general. Gotta give them minimal credit for dedication no matter how ridiculous they sound.

Phyllis Softa
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James, the $50,000 fine and $24.8 million in restitution accessed to Manafort ALONE could cover the expense of the investigation. But on top of that you have the fines for Michael Cohen, George Papadopoluos, Zwaan, Patten, as well as the $200 million Deripaska investment in Kentucky AND Gates and Flynn have yet to be sentenced while Stone still awaits trial. Perhaps you should ask to stay in the former Manafort Trump Tower apartment that now belongs to the American people.

James
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I thought he was still dead. Hasn’t done anything productive for the past two years but lend his name to some unused toilet paper (at $78,000 a sheet).

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