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Robert Mueller’s nearly two-year old investigation has finished, and President Donald Trump is celebrating a partial victory: no Russia collusion, but questions on obstruction. It’s a big moment, one which represents a significant mile-marker for the White House while adding more fuel onto the already heated congressional debate over whether to impeach the president.
While the special counsel’s work is done, the road ahead still remains unclear.
Let’s help break down where we are in a conversation with three investigators who worked under people who have been in Mueller’s shoes before: Ken Starr, Patrick Fitzgerald and Lawrence Walsh. Their experiences span three-plus decades of recent American history, giving them a unique perspective on what Mueller just completed.
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Darren Samuelsohn is a senior POLITICO reporter originally assigned to the “shenanigans” beat during the 2016 presidential campaign as Democrats scrambled to deal with the hackings later attributed to Russia. He’s been following the Mueller investigation from the beginning.
Julie Myers Wood was an Associate Independent Counsel who worked on both the Whitewater and Lewinsky investigations, and was one of writers of the Starr Report submitted to Congress. She has more than 24 years of experience in the public and private sector working on regulatory and enforcement issues from many perspectives, including as compliance consultant, defense counsel, government investigator, federal prosecutor, and Independent Monitor. She’s currently the CEO at Guidepost Solutions, a leading global investigations, compliance, and security firm.
Randall Samborn was the spokesman for the Special Counsel investigation of the leak of Valerie Plame’s identity and the resulting prosecution of I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby. He’s a former Assistant U.S. Attorney and Public Information Officer at the United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois (Chicago; 1995-2015). Currently, he has his own communications consulting firm, Randall A. Samborn & Associates LLC.
John Q. Barrett was Associate Counsel in the Office of Iran-Contra Independent Counsel Lawrence E. Walsh from 1988-1992. Barrett worked there on various criminal investigations, prosecutions, and legal matters, including cases against Oliver L. North, John M. Poindexter, Elliott Abrams, and Caspar W. Weinberger, as liaison to intelligence agencies on national security matters, and on Independent Counsel Walsh’s final report to the court that appointed him. From 1994-1995, Barrett was Counselor to Inspector General Michael R. Bromwich in the U.S. Department of Justice. Currently he’s a law professor at St. John’s University in New York City, where he teaches Constitutional Law, Criminal Procedure, and Legal History.
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