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Mueller defends Russia probe, says Stone remains a felon

Robert Mueller faces Congress for pair of blockbuster public hearings     CAPTION: Special counsel Robert Mueller has agreed to testify publicly following a subpoena from the House Judiciary and Intelligence Committees, the panels announced Tuesday.
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Posted at 1:22 AM, Jul 12, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-12 01:22:17-04

WASHINGTON — Former special counsel Robert Mueller is sharply defending his investigation into ties between Russia and Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.

Mueller writes in a newspaper opinion piece Saturday that the probe was of “paramount importance” and asserts that Trump ally Roger Stone “remains a convicted felon, and rightly so” despite the president’s decision to commute his prison sentence.

The op-ed in The Washington Post marks Mueller’s first public statement on his investigation since his congressional appearance last July.

It's his firmest defense of the two-year probe whose results have come under attack and even been partially undone by the Trump administration.