Top officials

Who oversees the investigation?

Top officials

Who oversees the investigation?

Top officials

Who oversees the investigation?

After Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the investigation for failing to disclose his private meetings with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak, Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein took charge and appointed Robert S. Mueller III as special counsel on May 17. That was about a week after President Trump fired FBI Director James B. Comey. Though Mueller has a large degree of independence, Rosenstein oversees the investigation. He approves the special counsel’s budget and any expansion of the special counsel’s investigation.

Generally the FBI investigates crimes and the Justice Department prosecutes them.

Here is a breakdown:

Rod J. Rosenstein

DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL

Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel. He can remove him or veto his decisions, although he does not have day-to-day supervisory authority over the investigation.

Robert S. Mueller III

SPECIAL COUNSEL

Mueller, the FBI director from 2001 to 2013, is now the special counsel in charge of the Russia investigation.

 

Mueller’s legal team includes prosecutors with different types of expertise, from white collar work to national security matters, as investigators continue to gather evidence in the case.

NATIONAL

SECURITY

CRIME

FRAUD/

CORRUPTION

APPEALS

(Higher Courts)

FBI

Until he was fired, James Comey, the former director of the FBI, was leading the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. After Comey’s firing, Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel.

 

Today, FBI agents gather evidence for Mueller’s team of lawyers.

Christopher Wray

FBI DIRECTOR

Wray is the new director of the FBI. Comey’s successor is under pressure to demonstrate the FBI’s political independence as it investigates Trump associates and Russian interference with the 2016 election.

Mueller’s team

Who are the investigators?

ROD J. ROSENSTEIN

DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL

Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel. He can remove him or veto his decisions, although he does not have day-to-day supervisory authority over the investigation.

Special Counsel

FBI

Mueller, the FBI director from 2001 to 2013, is now the special counsel in charge of the Russia investigation.

 

Mueller’s legal team includes prosecutors with different types of expertise, from white collar work to national security matters, as investigators continue to gather evidence in the case.

Until he was fired, James Comey, the former director of the FBI, was leading the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. After Comey’s firing, Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel.

 

Today, FBI agents gather evidence for Mueller’s team of lawyers.

Muller's team specializes in:

CHRISTOPHER WRAY

FBI DIRECTOR

NATIONAL

SECURITY

Comey’s successor is under pressure to demonstrate the FBI’s political independence as it investigates Trump associates and Russian interference with the 2016 election.

CRIME

FRAUD/

CORRUPTION

APPEALS

(Higher Courts)

Mueller’s team

Who are the investigators?

ROD J. ROSENSTEIN

DEPUTY ATTORNEY GENERAL

Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel. He can remove him or veto his decisions, although he does not have day-to-day supervisory authority over the investigation.

Special Counsel

FBI

Mueller, the FBI director from 2001 to 2013, is now the special counsel in charge of the Russia investigation.

 

Mueller’s legal team includes prosecutors with different types of expertise, from white collar work to national security matters, as investigators continue to gather evidence in the case.

Until he was fired, James Comey, the former director of the FBI, was leading the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election. After Comey’s firing, Rosenstein appointed Mueller as special counsel.

 

Today, FBI agents gather evidence for Mueller’s team of lawyers.

CHRISTOPHER WRAY

Muller's team specializes in:

FBI DIRECTOR

NATIONAL

SECURITY

Wray is the new director of the FBI. Comey’s successor is under pressure to demonstrate the FBI’s political independence as it investigates Trump associates and Russian interference with the 2016 election.

CRIME

FRAUD/

CORRUPTION

APPEALS

Mueller’s team

Who are the investigators?

Mueller, the FBI director from 2001 to 2013, is now the special counsel in charge of the Russia investigation. He has used a Washington grand jury to indict members of Trump’s campaign, and others including 13 individuals and three companies that allegedly operated a long-running scheme to interfere with the U.S. presidential election.

The grand jury is a powerful investigative tool that prosecutors use to compel witnesses to testify or force people or companies to turn over documents.

ROBERT S. MUELLER III

SPECIAL COUNSEL

There are 17 attorneys on Mueller’s team. Some are specialists in public corruption, others in national security, appeals or crime.

Fraud/Corruption

Greg Andres

Andrew D. Goldstein

Andres is a longtime white-collar criminal defense attorney at the Davis Polk firm. He had worked previously in the Justice Department's criminal division as a deputy assistant attorney general. He specializes in foreign bribery.

Goldstein headed the public corruption unit in the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of New York. He had worked there under Preet Bharara, whom Trump fired as U.S. attorney after he refused to resign.

Andrew Weissmann

Weissmann served as the chief of the Justice Department’s fraud section, where he oversaw corruption investigations, including the probe into cheating by Volkswagen on diesel emissions tests.

James Quarles

Quarles worked as an assistant special prosecutor on the Watergate Special Prosecution Force. He came with Mueller from the law firm WilmerHale.

Rush Atkinson

Atkinson is a trial attorney in the Justice Department's fraud section.

Kyle Freeny

Jeannie Rhee

Freeny is an attorney on detail from the criminal division’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section.

Rhee is a former deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel and assistant U.S. attorney in D.C. She also came from WilmerHale.

National

Security

Crime

Zainab Ahmad

Aaron Zelinsky

Zelinsky is an assistant U.S. attorney in Maryland.

Ahmad is an assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of New York who specializes in counterterrorism cases. She was recently profiled in the New Yorker, which reported she had prosecuted 13 terrorism cases since 2009 without a single loss.

Ryan Dickey

Dickey is an attorney on detail from the criminal division’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section.

Aaron Zebley

Brandon Van Grack

Zebley is a former assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia and served as Mueller’s chief of staff when Mueller was FBI director. He came with Mueller from WilmerHale.

Van Grack is a Justice Department national security division prosecutor.

Michael Dreeben

Appeals

(Higher Courts)

Dreeben is a Justice Department deputy solicitor general who has argued more than 100 cases before the Supreme Court.

Adam Jed

Jed is an appellate lawyer from the Justice Department’s civil division.

Brian M. Richardson

Elizabeth Prelogar

Richardson clerked at the Supreme Court and for a

2nd Circuit Appeals Court judge in

New York City.

Prelogar is a lawyer in the solicitor general’s office.

Scott Meisler

Meisler is an appellate attorney on detail from the criminal division.

ROBERT S. MUELLER III

SPECIAL COUNSEL

There are 17 attorneys on Mueller’s team. Some are specialists in public corruption, others in national security, appeals or crime.

Fraud/Corruption

Greg Andres

Andrew Weissmann

Andrew D. Goldstein

Goldstein headed the public corruption unit in the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of New York. He had worked there under Preet Bharara, whom Trump fired as U.S. attorney after he refused to resign.

Andres is a longtime white-collar criminal defense attorney at the Davis Polk firm. He had worked previously in the Justice Department's criminal division as a deputy assistant attorney general. He specializes in foreign bribery.

Weissmann served as the chief of the Justice Department’s fraud section, where he oversaw corruption investigations, including the probe into cheating by Volkswagen on diesel emissions tests.

James Quarles

Quarles worked as an assistant special prosecutor on the Watergate Special Prosecution Force. He came with Mueller from the law firm WilmerHale.

Rush Atkinson

Atkinson is a trial attorney in the Justice Department's fraud section.

Jeannie Rhee

Rhee is a former deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel and assistant U.S. attorney in D.C. She also came from WilmerHale.

Kyle Freeny

National

Security

Freeny is an attorney on detail from the criminal division’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section.

Zainab Ahmad

Ahmad is an assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of New York who specializes in counterterrorism cases. She was recently profiled in the New Yorker, which reported she had prosecuted 13 terrorism cases since 2009 without a single loss.

Crime

Aaron Zelinsky

Aaron Zebley

Zebley is a former assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia and served as Mueller’s chief of staff when Mueller was FBI director. He came with Mueller from WilmerHale.

Zelinsky is an assistant U.S. attorney in Maryland.

Ryan Dickey

Brandon Van Grack

Dickey is an attorney on detail from the criminal division’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section.

Van Grack is a Justice Department national security division prosecutor.

Appeals

Michael Dreeben

(Higher Courts)

Dreeben is a Justice Department deputy solicitor general who has argued more than 100 cases before the Supreme Court.

Adam Jed

Jed is an appellate lawyer from the Justice Department’s civil division.

Elizabeth Prelogar

Brian M. Richardson

Prelogar is a lawyer in the solicitor general’s office.

Richardson clerked at the Supreme Court and for a 2nd Circuit Appeals Court judge in New York City.

Scott Meisler

Meisler is an appellate attorney on detail from the criminal division.

ROBERT S. MUELLER III

SPECIAL COUNSEL

There are 17 attorneys on Mueller’s team. Some are specialists in public corruption, others in national security, appeals or crime.

Fraud/Corruption

Andrew D. Goldstein

Greg Andres

Andrew Weissmann

Goldstein headed the public corruption unit in the U.S. Attorney's Office in the Southern District of New York. He had worked there under Preet Bharara, whom Trump fired as U.S. attorney after he refused to resign.

Andres is a longtime white-collar criminal defense attorney at the Davis Polk firm. He had worked previously in the Justice Department's criminal division as a deputy assistant attorney general. He specializes in foreign bribery.

Weissmann served as the chief of the Justice Department’s fraud section, where he oversaw corruption investigations, including the probe into cheating by Volkswagen on diesel emissions tests.

James Quarles

Quarles worked as an assistant special prosecutor on the Watergate Special Prosecution Force. He came with Mueller from the law firm WilmerHale.

Jeannie Rhee

Rhee is a former deputy assistant attorney general in the Office of Legal Counsel and assistant U.S. attorney in D.C. She also came from WilmerHale.

Rush Atkinson

Atkinson is a trial attorney in the Justice Department's fraud section.

National

Security

Kyle Freeny

Freeny is an attorney on detail from the criminal division’s Money Laundering and Asset Recovery Section.

Zainab Ahmad

Ahmad is an assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of New York who specializes in counterterrorism cases. She was recently profiled in the New Yorker, which reported she had prosecuted 13 terrorism cases since 2009 without a single loss.

Crime

Aaron Zebley

Aaron Zelinsky

Zelinsky is an assistant U.S. attorney in Maryland.

Zebley is a former assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia and served as Mueller’s chief of staff when Mueller was FBI director. He came with Mueller from WilmerHale.

Brandon Van Grack

Ryan Dickey

Dickey is an attorney on detail from the criminal division’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section.

Van Grack is a Justice Department national security division prosecutor.

Michael Dreeben

Appeals

Dreeben is a Justice Department deputy solicitor general who has argued more than 100 cases before the Supreme Court.

(Higher Courts)

Adam Jed

Jed is an appellate lawyer from the Justice Department’s civil division.

Elizabeth Prelogar

Brian M. Richardson

Prelogar is a lawyer in the solicitor general’s office.

Richardson clerked at the Supreme Court and for a 2nd Circuit Appeals Court judge in New York City.

Scott Meisler

Meisler is an appellate attorney on detail from the criminal division.

Kevin Uhrmacher contributed to this report.

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Source: Staff reports. Originally published Aug. 11, 2017.

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