Many of their names you don’t know unless you work in the upper echelon of criminal law. Michael Dreeben, the Deputy Solicitor General, has appeared before the Supreme Court over 100 times. Andrew Weissman was singled out by the Trump team as someone that would not be allowed to interview him. He’s prosecuted the Mafia, took down Enron and knows how to follow the money. He’s a specialist in uncovering fraud and foreign bribery.
Jeannie Rhee served as Deputy Attorney General under Eric Holder during the Obama administration. She advised the White House on criminal law matters. James Quarles is the point man in discussions with the various White House and Trump lawyers as they come and go. He was an Assistant Special Prosecutor during the Watergate probe, he’s been here before. Aaron Zebley was a former FBI agent that turned prosecutor. He specializes in cyberterrorism.
Greg Andres was added to the team because of his expertise in foreign bribery. He took down several members of the Bonanno crime family, prompting one to solicit a hit on Andres. He convicted a Texas billionaire of running an $8 Billion Ponzi scheme. Zainab Ahmad had a record of 13–0 in prosecuting terrorists before joining Mueller’s team. Aaron Zelinsky spent three years working under Rod Rosenstein in the Baltimore State Attorney’s office. He has clerked for Supreme Court Justices appointed by both Republicans and Democrats. Kyle Freeney specializes in money laundering, most recently working on the “Wolf of Wall Street” case popularized by the movie.
Andrew Goldstein, Elizabeth Prelogar, Brandon Van Grack, Adam Jed, Scott Meisler, Ruth Atkinson, Brian Richardson, Ryan Dickey, and Uzo Asonye round out the squad. You might not have realized there were so many. If you weren’t paying attention, you may not have known how much their collective expertise focused on organized crime, money laundering, foreign bribery, and fraud. It seems as though they have a clear idea of who their foe is and how to take him/them down. They don’t brag on Twitter or do press releases or make televised statements. Their communications are through court documents. Their statements are there wins, they’re currently undefeated in court and in obtaining guilty pleadings. The preliminaries are over, now the planning is for the end game and the desperate tactics Trump will employ to obstruct them.
For all practical purposes, these are the Avengers. Not facing an invincible all-powerful foe like Thanos. Rather an inept egomaniac with only the support of a complicit Congress keeping him afloat. Not that he is without power, his position grants him much though he doesn’t know how to wield it. For various reasons, both sides have an implied truce until the midterm elections. Afterward… the war will begin.
Next: Part 2 The Trump Team: Send In The Clowns