Robert Mueller, special counsel for the inquiry into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election, has assembled a small but lethal task force of prosecutors for the monumental task of investigating President Donald Trump.
A spate of new hires by the special counsel has concentrated the country’s top prosecutorial talent in Mueller’s small Washington office, a savvy and relentless bunch more than one legal commentator has dubbed a “dream team.”
Mueller’s most important hire to date is Deputy Solicitor General Michael Dreeben, who is something of a legend among court-watchers. Dreeben is a criminal appellate law expert who has argued over 100 cases before the Supreme Court, often without notes. He is widely considered one of the best attorneys in the Department of Justice. What’s more, Dreeben has served in administrations of both parties, making him an ecumenical figure at this fractious moment in the Justice Department.