(Reuters) – Robert Mueller, the previous particular counsel who oversaw a two-year probe into Russian interference within the 2016 U.S. election to assist Donald Trump turn out to be president, is returning to his previous legislation agency.
FILE PHOTO: Former Particular Counsel Robert Mueller departs from the U.S. Capitol following his testimonies earlier than the Home of Representatives, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S. July 24, 2019. REUTERS/Tom Brenner
Mueller, 75, is rejoining WilmerHale as a associate centered on high-profile investigations and disaster administration, just like his work previous to turning into particular counsel, the legislation agency mentioned on Tuesday.
Two different attorneys who left WilmerHale to work within the particular counsel’s workplace, James Quarles and Aaron Zebley, are additionally returning, as companions. The legislation agency has about 1,000 attorneys.
“It was an honor to function particular counsel,” Mueller mentioned in an announcement supplied by the agency. “I stay up for resuming my personal apply.”
Mueller was a WilmerHale associate in Washington for 3 years earlier than his Could 2017 appointment as particular counsel, and had been a associate at a predecessor agency within the mid-1990s.
He was additionally FBI director from 2001 to 2013, turning into that company’s longest-serving director aside from J. Edgar Hoover.
Mueller spent 22 months investigating what he concluded was “sweeping” Russian interference within the 2016 election, and informed Congress on July 24 that Russia would hold making an attempt to intervene in U.S. elections.
“They’re doing it as we sit right here,” Mueller mentioned, “and so they count on to do it through the subsequent marketing campaign.”
The probe additionally centered on Trump’s alleged efforts to impede the inquiry.
Whereas the president mentioned a particular counsel report launched in April was a “full and complete exoneration” of him, Mueller didn’t attain a conclusion on whether or not Trump dedicated the crime of obstruction of justice.
The report additionally mentioned Mueller discovered inadequate proof to determine that Trump and his marketing campaign had engaged in a prison conspiracy with Russia.
Reporting by Jonathan Stempel in New York; Enhancing by Alistair Bell