Robert Mueller, the special counsel who will investigate Russian involvement in the 2016 election and any links to the Trump administration, emphasized the themes of integrity, patience and humility in a graduation speech on Monday.
The address at Tabor Academy in Massachusetts was Mueller’s first public appearance since being named special counsel on May 17 by deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
“As the saying goes, if you have integrity, nothing else matters, and if you do not have integrity, nothing else matters,” Mueller told the graduates of the private college where tuition can run to $59,000 a year.
“Whatever we do, we must act with honesty and with integrity, and regardless of you chosen career, you are only as good as your word,” he said.
Mueller also urged the students to value patience, which he called an “acquired skill” he’s still working on.
The former FBI director under former Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama encouraged the grads to enjoy the journey ahead and all it has to offer.
“As I reflect on my career, I could say that I never could have anticipated where I have ended up,” he said.
The school near Cape Code invited Mueller to speak to the graduating seniors, including his granddaughter, before he was appointed special counsel.
He didn’t address the Russia investigation during his commencement speech and did not meet with reports after.