Special counsel Mueller hires help in Russian probe

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In his efforts to put together a top-notch prosecution team, special counsel Robert Mueller hired attorney Michael Dreeben on Friday to assist part-time with his investigation into whether or not President Trump colluded with the Russians to throw the election.

Political commentator Paul Rosenzweig explained on his blog, the Lawfare, why he thinks that this could be a problem for the President.

“Dreeben, a deputy in the Office of the Solicitor General, has argued more than 100 cases before the Supreme Court. His specialty has, for the last 20 years, been criminal matters and he has an encyclopedic knowledge of criminal law,” he noted, adding, “That Mueller has sought his assistance attests both to the seriousness of his effort and the depth of the intellectual bench he is building.”

Calling Dreeben, “quite possibly the best criminal appellate lawyer in America (at least on the government’s side),” suggests that Trump will be up against a giant.

The National Law Journal released a report on the subject, opining,”The move signals that Mueller is seeking advice on the complexities that have arisen already in the investigations, including what constitutes obstruction of justice.” This, despite the fact that Comey made it clear that Trump did not try to stop the Russian probe at any time.

Mueller’s other expert hires include Andrew Weissmann, chief of the fraud section of the Justice Department’s Criminal Division; former Watergate attorney James Quarles, and Aaron Zebley, Mueller’s chief of staff at the FBI.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has said he will appear before the Senate Intelligence Committee on Tuesday to answer questions related to the Russian probe.

The House Intelligence committee reportedly sent a letter Friday asking White House counsel Don McGahn if any tape recordings or memos of Comey’s conversations with the president exist now or had existed in the past. They also sent a letter to Comey asking for any notes or memos in his possession regarding discussions he had with Trump before he was fired last month.

With all these high-octane lawyers being hired, it makes one wonder how much this will cost taxpayers and why the investigation seems to be picking up steam after Comey’s testimony made it clear that Trump was not the one who was working to deceive the American public.

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