Andrew Weissmann

Member of the Board of Editors

Andrew Weissmann (@AWeissmann_) is Professor of Practice and Distinguished Senior Fellow at the Reiss Center on Law and Security and at the Center on the Administration of Criminal Law at NYU School of Law. He served as a lead prosecutor in Robert S. Mueller’s Special Counsel’s Office (2017-19) and as Chief of the Fraud Section in the Department of Justice (2015-2019).

During his previous tenure at NYU Law (2013-2015), Weissmann was a Senior Fellow at both the Reiss Center on Law and Security and the Center for the Administration of Criminal Law. He taught courses in national security and criminal procedure.

From 2011 to 2013, Weissmann served as the General Counsel for the Federal Bureau of Investigation. He previously served as special counsel to then-Director Mueller in 2005, after which he was a partner at Jenner & Block in New York City. From 2002-2005, he served as the Deputy and then the Director of the Enron Task Force in Washington, D.C., where he supervised the prosecution of more than 30 individuals in connection with the company’s collapse. Weissmann was a federal prosecutor for 15 years in the Eastern District of New York, where he served as the Chief of the Criminal Division. He prosecuted numerous members of the Colombo, Gambino, and Genovese families, including the bosses of the Colombo and Genovese families. Weissmann has extensive experience in private practice. Weissmann won the largest Financial Industry Regulatory Authority arbitration award in history. He has taught criminal law and procedure at Fordham Law School and Brooklyn Law School. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from Columbia Law School and was on the managing board of the Columbia Law Review. He has a Bachelor of Arts degree from Princeton University and attended the University of Geneva on a Fulbright Fellowship.

He is the author of the new book, Where Law Ends: Inside the Mueller Investigation.

Articles by this author:

Three Flaws in the Supreme Court’s Decision on Presidential Criminal Immunity


Jul 17th, 2024

The Limited Effects of Fischer: DOJ Data Reveals Supreme Court’s Narrowing of Jan. 6th Obstruction Charges Will Have Minimal Impact

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Jun 28th, 2024

Unpacking the Supreme Court’s Punt on Alleged Government ‘Coercion’ of Social Media Companies: What Murthy v. Missouri Did and Did Not Say


Jun 27th, 2024

Questions the Supreme Court Should Ask at Thursday’s Oral Argument on Presidential Immunity

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Apr 22nd, 2024

Tranche Warfare: What to Expect at the March 25 Trump Discovery Hearing


Mar 20th, 2024

The Real “Robert Hur Report” (Versus What You Read in the News)

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Feb 10th, 2024

An Overlooked January 6 Charge: The “Stop the Count” Scheme

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Jul 30th, 2023

The Just Security Podcast: Insiders’ Views of Espionage Act Trials

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Jul 17th, 2023

Pending Supreme Court Case Complicates Special Counsel Smith’s Choices

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Jun 8th, 2023

Model Prosecution Memo for Trump Classified Documents

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Jun 2nd, 2023

Could Biden Face Charges? The Alberto Gonzales Precedent Says Not

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Jan 19th, 2023

Our Prosecution Memo Points the Way for the Special Counsel

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Nov 21st, 2022

Mar-a-Lago Model Prosecution Memo

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Nov 17th, 2022

The Curious Case of Alvin Bragg — Reconsidering the DA’s Trump investigation


Aug 25th, 2022

Paul Manafort’s Book Deal May Breach His Plea Agreement


Jan 10th, 2022

How to Read the Weisselberg and Trump Entities Indictment: A Conversation with Andrew Weissmann

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Jul 9th, 2021

Questions for FBI Director Wray About the January 6 Attack

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Jun 14th, 2021

Gaps in Trump’s Pardons: How the Biden Administration Can Still Pursue Justice


Jan 24th, 2021

Good Governance Paper No. 3: Investigating a President


Oct 15th, 2020

Why the White House May Not Dare Fight on Executive Privilege

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Jan 28th, 2020

The Need for Increased Amicus Role in the FISA Process


Jan 14th, 2020

Federal Criminal Offenses and the Impeachment of Donald J. Trump

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Dec 16th, 2019

Apple, Boyd, and Going Dark


Oct 20th, 2014

The Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court: Is Reform Needed?


Jun 12th, 2014