Top Mueller prosecutor Zainab Ahmad joins law firm Gibson Dunn

Top Mueller prosecutor Zainab Ahmad joins law firm Gibson Dunn

One of former special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) Swan MuellerSchiff: Trump acquittal in Senate trial would not signal a 'failure' Jeffries blasts Trump for attack on Thunberg at impeachment hearing Live coverage: House Judiciary to vote on impeachment after surprise delay MORE’s top prosecutors, Zainab Ahmad, is joining law firm Gibson Dunn as a partner. 

Ahmad will work in the firm’s New York office as part of Gibson Dunn’s white collar defense and investigations practice, the firm announced Wednesday.

“I couldn’t be more excited to begin the next chapter of my legal career at Gibson Dunn,” Ahmad said in a statement. “Increasingly, clients are facing challenges that span jurisdictions and borders, which makes Gibson Dunn’s global platform very attractive. The firm’s talent pool is impressively deep, and I look forward to collaborating with my new colleagues across offices.”

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Ahmad is one of several former members of Mueller’s team who have joined the private sector following the conclusion of the special counsel’s Russia investigation. Mueller prosecutors Andrew Goldstein and Jeannie Rhee, for example, have joined law firms Cooley and Paul Weiss, respectively.

Other special counsel’s office prosecutors have returned to roles at the Department of Justice. Andrew Weissmann, a leading prosecutor on the case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortTreasury adviser pleads guilty to making unauthorized disclosures in case involving Manafort DOJ argues Democrats no longer need Mueller documents after impeachment vote Trump had brief encounter with Giuliani on Saturday MORE, has taken a teaching role at New York University. 

Ahmad was a senior member of Mueller’s team of 19 prosecutors. She was one of the prosecutors who handled former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s guilty plea as well as the mysterious dispute between an unknown foreign government-owned company and the special counsel’s office over a grand jury subpoena. 

Ahmad worked as a prosecutor for the Justice Department in Washington, D.C., and in the Eastern District of New York with expertise in international terrorism and cybercrime cases. She was on detail with Mueller’s office until March.

News broke of her departure just days before Mueller concluded the investigation and submitted his final 448-page report to Attorney General William BarrWilliam Pelham BarrParnas: Environment around Trump 'like a cult' Parnas says he's speaking out because of betrayal from associates: 'I felt like my family left me' Overnight Defense: GAO finds administration broke law by withholding Ukraine aid | Senate opens Trump trial | Pentagon to resume training Saudi students soon MORE.

In her new role, Ahmad will focus on regulatory and civil litigation challenges, including cases involving cybercrime, anti-money laundering and corruption, according to Gibson Dunn. 

The news comes precisely one week before Mueller is slated to testify publicly on Capitol Hill about the investigation into Russian interference and potential obstruction by President TrumpDonald John TrumpLev Parnas implicates Rick Perry, says Giuliani had him pressure Ukraine to announce Biden probe Saudi Arabia paid 0 million for cost of US troops in area Parnas claims ex-Trump attorney visited him in jail, asked him to sacrifice himself for president MORE.

Lawmakers are also expected to hold a closed-door session with members of Mueller’s staff following the public testimony. It is unclear which members of the special counsel’s team will testify.