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Andrew Weissmann

Andrew Weissmann (born c. 1958) is an American attorney. Since 2015 he has been the chief of the criminal fraud section of the U.S. Department of Justice. In June 2017 he was appointed to a management role on the 2017 special counsel team headed by Robert Mueller. To assume that position, Weissmann took a leave from his DOJ post.[1]

Andrew Weissmann
Personal details
Born c. 1958 (age 59–60)
Nationality United States of America
Alma mater Columbia Law School (J.D. 1984)
Princeton University (B.A. 1980)



Weissmann has a bachelors degree from Princeton University. Following a Fulbright scholarship to the University of Geneva, he attended and graduated from Columbia Law School. He then clerked for Judge Eugene Nickerson in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York.[2]


From 1991 to 2002 Weissmann worked in the office of the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of New York. While there he tried more than 25 cases involving members of the Genovese, Colombo and Gambino crime families. From 2002 to 2005, he was deputy director and then director of the task force investigating the Enron scandal.[1] In 2005 he worked as special counsel under Mueller at the Federal Bureau of Investigation, then went into private practice at Jenner & Block in New York. In 2011 he returned to the FBI, serving as General Counsel under Mueller.[3] Since 2015 he has headed the criminal fraud section at DOJ. Weissmann has taught at NYU School of Law, Fordham Law School, and Brooklyn Law School.[2] On June 19, 2017 he joined Special Counsel Mueller's team in investigating the Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections.[4][5]


  1. ^ a b Darren Samuelsohn. Everything we know about the Mueller probe so far. Politico, June 6, 2017
  2. ^ a b "Press release: Andrew Weissmann Selected as Chief of Criminal Division's Fraud Section". U.S. Department of Justice. January 9, 2015. Retrieved June 12, 2017. 
  3. ^ Tom Schoenberg. Trump-Russia: senior US justice official Andrew Weissmann joining investigation. Sydney Morning Herald, June 1, 2017.
  4. ^ Karen Freifeld. Mueller team lawyer brings witness-flipping expertise to Trump probes Reuters. June 19, 2017
  5. ^ Flegenheimer, Matt (October 31, 2017). "Andrew Weissmann, Mueller's Legal Pit Bull". The New York Times. Retrieved December 11, 2017. 

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