Andy Wright

Senior Fellow and Founding Editor

Andy Wright (@AndyMcCanse) is a Senior Fellow and Founding Editor of Just Security.

Wright served as Associate Counsel to President Barack Obama in the White House Counsel’s Office. Previously, after six years in private practice as a litigator and white collar criminal defense attorney, Wright was Staff Director and Counsel to the national security subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform from 2007 to 2011. Prior to his time in private practice, he served as Assistant Counsel to Vice President Al Gore in the Clinton White House, where he managed responses to investigations conducted by Congress, the Department of Justice, and the Office of the Independent Counsel.

Wright is a Partner in the Washington office of K&L Gates and was previously Associate Professor at Savannah Law School, where he taught constitutional law, criminal law, criminal procedure, presidential powers, and federal criminal law. He has also taught related courses at West Virginia University College of Law and Armstrong State University. Wright’s research focuses on congressional oversight and its intersection with national security.

He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and Washington & Lee University, where he was awarded a Harry S. Truman scholarship for commitment to public service. Wright is also on LinkedIn.

Areas of Expertise: National Security Law, Congressional Oversight, Executive Privilege, Presidential Powers, Government Integrity, Separation of Powers.

Contact: awright@justsecurity.org

Articles by this author:

Budget Cuts as Alternative Congressional Oversight Enforcement Mechanism

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May 24th, 2024

The Limited Scope of Vice President Pence’s Speech or Debate Clause Immunity

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Feb 21st, 2023

Setting the Board: Congressional Investigations and the New House Rules Package

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Jan 12th, 2023

What Kind of Guilty Mind is Needed for the Criminal Contempt of Congress Statute?

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Apr 26th, 2022

Foreign Agents Registration Act Reform: On the 2022 Agenda?

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Feb 7th, 2022

The Broader Significance of the Justice Dep’t Opinion on Congress Obtaining Trump Tax Records

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Aug 13th, 2021

Unpacking the DOJ Letters: No “Executive Privilege” for Trump-Era Witnesses on 2020 Election Machinations

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Jul 27th, 2021

Pluses and Minuses of Pelosi’s Draft Jan. 6 Commission Proposal

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Mar 18th, 2021

Unpacking Biden Administration vs. Congressional Tension in the McGahn Case

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Feb 23rd, 2021

Supreme Court’s Trump v. Mazars Ruling Gave Attorney-Client Privilege a Boost in Congress

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Aug 12th, 2020

Greg Craig: The Government’s Latest Swing at FARA Enforcement & What Comes Next

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Oct 2nd, 2019

Just Security Launches the Russia Investigation Congressional Clearinghouse

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Aug 22nd, 2019

Expert Summaries of Mueller Report: A Collection

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Aug 20th, 2019

The Next Wave of Congressional Subpoena Litigation: Oversight Power vs. Executive Privilege

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Jun 7th, 2019

Q&A on House-Justice Dept Showdown Over Release of Unredacted Mueller Report and Contempt of Congress

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May 8th, 2019

A Caution on Congressional Subpoenas and “Constitutional Crisis”

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Apr 23rd, 2019

On Mueller Report, Barr Says No Executive Privilege Redactions. But Look for Assertion Later.

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Apr 18th, 2019

The House Oversight Committee Squeeze on White House Security Practices

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Apr 2nd, 2019

Top 4 Things to Look for in Mueller’s Report in Light of Barr’s Letter

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Mar 26th, 2019

The Ripening: The House Judiciary Committee Investigation Will Bear Fruit

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Mar 8th, 2019

The White House Counsel’s Flawed Response to Congress on Security Clearances

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Mar 6th, 2019

Mueller’s Findings: Why DOJ Non-Disclosure Policy and Grand Jury Secrecy May Not Apply

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Feb 26th, 2019

Will Executive Privilege Block Congress’ Access to Trump-Putin Helsinki Meeting Notes?

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Feb 14th, 2019

The Whitaker Hearing: Potential Executive Privilege and Subpoena Fireworks

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Feb 7th, 2019

What the Constitution Says About Trump’s Obstruction of Pelosi’s Afghanistan Trip

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Jan 24th, 2019

The Enigma of Bill Barr

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Jan 17th, 2019

New House Rules Promote Aggressive Congressional Oversight

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Jan 17th, 2019

New Year Thoughts on the Role of Chief of Staff and Trump White House Dysfunction

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Jan 2nd, 2019

Mueller’s Roadmap: Major Takeaways from Cohen and Manafort Filings

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Dec 8th, 2018

Explainer: The Comey Subpoena Fight–A Face-Saving Surrender and Testimony Deal

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Dec 4th, 2018

Can Congress Subpoena Trump to Testify?

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Nov 27th, 2018

Russia Investigation Leads Back in Play under Democrats

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Nov 9th, 2018

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