Top Mueller probe prosecutor to join Georgetown Law as lecturer

Michael Dreeben, a top prosecutor on former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerTrump calls for probe of Obama book deal Democrats express private disappointment with Mueller testimony Kellyanne Conway: ‘I’d like to know’ if Mueller read his own report MORE‘s investigative team, is joining Georgetown Law this upcoming academic year as a lecturer, the school announced Monday. 

Georgetown Law Dean William Treanor praised the new addition, pointing to Dreeben’s extensive resume working for the government on legal matters, including previously serving as the deputy solicitor general.

“In his 30 years of extraordinary public service at the U.S. Department of Justice, Michael Dreeben played a powerful role in helping shape the law as one of the preeminent Supreme Court advocates and as a leading expert in federal criminal law,” Treanor said in a statement.


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Prior to his work on the 22-month Russia probe, Dreeben had argued more than 100 Supreme Court cases while serving in the Office of Solicitor General, including on matters that related to hate crimes, as well as cases that intersected with the First and Fourth Amendments.

He left that role after roughly a decade in order to join Mueller’s investigation and examine whether members of the Trump campaign coordinated with Russia during the 2016 election.

His footprints on the investigation can be seen in the special counsel’s case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortDOJ releases notes from official Bruce Ohr’s Russia probe interviews George Soros’s secret 2016 access to State exposes ‘big money’ hypocrisy of Democrats Judge dismisses one of two charges against former Obama White House counsel MORE, among other areas.

Manafort, whose case marked the first criminal trial in the Mueller investigation, is set to serve nearly eight years in prison after being convicted on multiple counts including bank fraud, filing false tax returns and failing to report foreign bank accounts.

A press release announcing his new role also notes that Dreeben “successfully represented the special counsel’s office in federal court against legal challenges to its authority before ending his service with the Justice Department in June 2019.”

Dreeben, who has previously served as an adjunct professor at Georgetown Law, will participate in guest lectures, faculty workshops and other law center programs. 

“Georgetown Law is renowned for its exploration of complex legal questions at the deepest level.  But beyond the school’s academic excellence, Georgetown Law’s professors, students, and its centers and institutes are committed to the ideal of engaging with real-world legal challenges in the public sphere,” he said in a statement.

“The energy of the law school is palpable. I look forward to participating in academic life at Georgetown and being part of its vibrant and collaborative culture,” he continued.

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