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Andrew Weissmann

Inside the Mueller Investigation

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Where Law Ends by Andrew Weissmann is a memoir that provides an insider's account of the Mueller investigation and examines the damage done to the rule of law in America.

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    Andrew Weissmann had already had a storied career before working for the Special Counsel.

    Andrew Weissmann’s path to the Special Counsel’s Office was a long journey that involved a stint as a federal prosecutor with the Eastern District of New York (EDNY) and 20 years working at the Department of Justice. During his time as an EDNY prosecutor in the 1990s, he’d handled cases involving the city’s notorious crime families. This included the prosecution of Vincent “The Chin” Gigante, of the Genovese crime family, and John Gotti, the head of the Gambino family.

    Weissmann then moved on to another landmark case by being part of the Enron Task Force, which brought to light one of the most egregious cases of corporate fraud in US history. Little did he know at the time that these cases would serve as good training for what was to come his way in 2017.

    The key message here is: Andrew Weissmann had already had a storied career before working for the Special Counsel.

    After the success of the Enron Task Force, Weissmann moved on to the FBI, where he first met Robert Mueller, who was then the bureau’s director. By that point, Mueller was already well-known to Weissmann as no-nonsense, coolly analytical, and a keen listener. But Mueller could also make you laugh.

    When Weissmann first sat down in his office, Mueller looked at his resume and groaned. Here was another “un-supervisable prosecutor from the Eastern District of New York.” But this was soon followed by a laugh. It turned out that Mueller had a fondness for tenacious EDNY prosecutors.

    During his time at the FBI, Weissmann’s admiration for Mueller increased. In the time following the 9/11 attacks, Weissmann saw Mueller digest daily intelligence briefings day after day, combing through enormous amounts of data, methodically assessing threats to the nation’s security. At the same time, Mueller was always pushing the bureau to do a better job – and leading by example.

    In 2013, Weissmann left the FBI to head the fraud section of the Department of Justice. Mueller also left the FBI that year – but the two were reunited a week after Mueller accepted the job of leading the Special Counsel appointed to investigate matters surrounding the 2016 presidential election.


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    What is Where Law Ends about?

    Where Law Ends (2020) offers a behind-the-scenes look at the special counsel investigation that resulted in the controversial Mueller Report. It takes you step-by-step through the 22-month process of interviews and evidence gathering that resulted in unprecedented findings that raise serious questions about America’s democratic institutions.

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    Where Law Ends by Andrew Weissmann (2020) is an insightful look at the inner workings of the American justice system and its handling of the Mueller investigation. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • With its meticulous research and insider perspective, the book provides a deep understanding of the criminal justice system and the challenges it faces.
    • By exploring the complexities of political interference and ethical dilemmas, it offers a fascinating glimpse into the world of high-stakes investigations and legal battles.
    • The book's emphasis on transparency and accountability ensures that readers come away with a renewed understanding of the importance of upholding the rule of law.

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    . . . as I continued to read up on Manafort, it struck me that his desire for that gold-plated lifestyle might provide a motive to commit financial crimes.

    —Andrew Weissmann
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    Who should read Where Law Ends?

    • American voters worried about election interference
    • People curious about the limits of executive power
    • Fans of gripping legal investigations

    About the Author

    Andrew Weissmann is a veteran prosecutor who’s spent time on many high-profile cases, including the Enron corruption case. Since then, he’s served as general counsel for the FBI, head of the fraud section of the US Department of Justice, and one of the lead prosecutors in the Special Counsel Office under attorney Robert Mueller. He now teaches at the NYU School of Law.

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    Where Law Ends provides a gripping and insightful look into the investigation that captivated the nation. A must-read for those interested in understanding the Mueller investigation.

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