Thursday, July 16, 2020

No. 382: Former Special Counsel Mueller Speaks Out

Robert S. Muller III served as special counsel for the U.S. Department of Justice from 2017 to 2019.  He rarely speaks out, but he did so after President Donald J. Trump commuted the 40-month sentence of Robert J. Stone Jr. three days before Stone was to report to prison.

Mueller's 757-word statement is an op-ed entitled "Roger Stone remains a convicted felon, and rightly so."  It is in the July 12 issue of The Washington Post.  The first paragraph reads (the full statement is here):
The work of the special counsel's office—its report, indictments, guilty pleas and convictions—should speak for itself.  But I feel compelled to respond both to broad claims that our investigation was illegitimate and our motives were improper, and to specific claims that Roger Stone was a victim of our office.  The Russia investigation was of paramount importance.  Stone was prosecuted and convicted because he committed federal crimes.  He remains a convicted felon, and rightly so.