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Meet Lawyer Michael Dreeben, The Man Behind Three Major Anti-Trump Operations


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The Federalist

Michael Dreeben helping Democrats with their 2024 lawfare strategy shows how much coordination is behind this Soviet-style attempt to imprison Biden’s political opponents.

Mollie Hemingway
December 18, 2023

Eyebrows were raised last week when it was discovered that Special Counsel Jack Smith had added attorney Michael Dreeben to his legal team.

“An interesting detail: Michael Dreeben somehow snuck into Jack Smith’s office. He was Mueller’s appellate guy,” enthused Marcy Wheeler, a proponent of the debunked conspiracy theory that Donald Trump stole the 2016 election by colluding with Russia.


Dreeben was “leading the special counsel’s defense each step of the way,” Politico wrote in 2018 when it put him in the top 10 of its “power list.” He is widely seen as being in charge of Mueller’s “overall legal strategy.” When Mueller picked Dreeben, former Chuck Schumer staffer and anti-Trump “resistance” hero Preet Bharara praised the pick.


Now Dreeben has joined the Biden administration’s effort to try to convict Trump on Jan. 6-related charges before the 2024 election. This is not the first Democrat effort Dreeben joined. He was also brought on to help Democrat Manhattan District Attorney Cy Vance’s successful effort at the Supreme Court in 2020 to get Trump’s taxes and related financial records.

New York Magazine reported that Dreeben was part of a key group of former Mueller prosecutors brought in by Vance to figure out ways to politically prosecute Trump. They weren’t the only lawyers brought into the Democrat operation. Vance secured legal help from a Biden-connected law firm in New York City to design the “get Trump” operation. The powerhouse law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison lent Michael Pomerantz, Elyssa Abuhoff, and Caroline Williamson to Vance. The law firm had held a $2,800-per-plate fundraiser for Biden during his presidential campaign.

By the spring of 2023, Dreeben was publicly noting his affiliation with Just Security, “the legal beachhead of the Trump resistance.” The group helped launder Mueller probe legal theories into the general public and helped transition the Russia-collusion impeachment theory to the Ukraine issue once it became apparent that the Russia hoax was only believed by Democrats in echo chambers. Dreeben left the federal government in June 2019 after the Mueller probe ended, and he was viewed by Republican congressional staffers as being involved in Democrats’ impeachment efforts later that year along with Norm Eisen. Eisen, a frequent author at Just Security, was the House Democrats’ counsel for the 2019 impeachment.

Dreeben is one of the most experienced advocates before the Supreme Court, having argued 105 cases during his time in the solicitor general’s office. That the elite attorney is helping Democrats with their 2024 campaign strategy of lawfare is significant and showcases how much coordination between key Democrat operatives is behind this Soviet-style attempt to imprison President Joe Biden’s political opponents.


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