Friday, June 9, 2017


Special counsel Robert Mueller III has recruited the Justice Department’s top criminal law expert [Deputy solicitor general Michael Dreeben] to help with his investigation of ties between the Trump presidential campaign and Russian officials.


The move signals that Mueller is seeking advice on the complexities that have arisen already in the investigations, including what constitutes obstruction of justice.

"Michael Dreeben is to criminal law what Robert Mueller is to investigations,” former acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal said Thursday night. “Literally the very best. Yet another sign of how serious Mueller is about this matter." Now a partner at Hogan Lovells, Katyal has been a key figure in challenging President Donald Trump’s travel ban.

  National Law Journal
I am so devoid of hope for us at this point that my intial reaction to Mueller's appointment and to this one is that they're pumping up how great these guys are so that we'll accept their decision when they clear Trump of every charge against him.
In 2005, Dreeben argued and lost a case for the government involving obstruction-of-justice charges against the Arthur Andersen accounting firm in the wake of the Enron scandal.
And that doesn't help.
Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg said that when Dreeben approaches the lectern at the Supreme Court, "I know he will tell it straight."
Gee, thanks, Ruth. I wish I had your confidence.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

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