Andrew Weissmann teaches criminal procedure and national security law at New York University School of Law and is a partner at the law firm Jenner & Block. He served as a lead prosecutor in Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel’s Office and as the general counsel for the FBI under Director Mueller. He also served as chief of the Fraud Section in the Department of Justice, and directed the Enron Task Force, where he supervised prosecutions in connection with the company’s collapse. As a federal prosecutor for fifteen years in the Eastern District of New York, Weissmann prosecuted numerous members of the Colombo, Gambino, and Genovese crime families, and police officers for misconduct arising from the attack on Abner Louima. He holds degrees from Columbia Law School and Princeton University.
On September 29, 2020, Random House will publish WHERE LAW ENDS: Inside the Mueller Investigation by Andrew Weissmann, a senior prosecutor in Robert Mueller’s Special Counsel investigation. This is the never-before-told, inside story of the two-year investigation into Russian attacks on our democracy in the 2016 presidential election, ties between Russia and Donald Trump’s campaign, and obstruction of justice by the president. North American publishing rights were acquired by Random House publisher Andy Ward from Esther Newberg and Zoe Sandler at ICM.
WHERE LAW ENDS pulls back the curtain to reveal what went on day-to-day in the Special Counsel’s investigation, putting the reader in the room as the team plotted its strategy and made its most consequential decisions. Mueller’s appointment in 2017 was an affirmation of the rule of law, but his team was the subject of relentless attacks by the President – and even by his Department of Justice — to undermine their work. For the first time, Weissmann details the debilitating effects that President Trump had on the investigation through his dangling of pardons and his constant threats to shut down the inquiry and to fire Mueller himself, which left the team racing against the clock —and fighting with one hand tied behind its back.
“I felt it was necessary to record this episode in our history, as seen and experienced by an insider,” says Weissmann. “This is the story of our investigation into how our democracy was attacked by Russia and how those who condoned and ignored that assault undermined our ability to uncover the truth. My obligation as a prosecutor was to follow the facts where they led, using all available tools and undeterred by the onslaught of the president’s unique powers to undermine our work. I am deeply proud of the work we did and of the unprecedented number of people we indicted and convicted — and in record speed. But the hard truth is that we made mistakes. We could have done more. WHERE LAW ENDS documents the choices we made, good and bad, for all to see and judge and learn from.”