George Allen

Robert Mueller's team has prosecuted high-stakes cases —   including obstruction of justice

Robert Mueller's team has prosecuted high-stakes cases —   including obstruction of justice

When one of the country’s largest accounting firms destroyed thousands of files and emails after the Enron energy giant collapsed in a massive fraud in 2001, federal prosecutors were sure the shredding was a clear case of obstruction of justice.

“This case was really about a simple principle,” Andrew Weissmann, the lead prosecutor on the Arthur Andersen accounting scandal, said at the time. “Which is, when you expect the police, don’t destroy evidence.”

After the company appealed its conviction, saying prosecutors had bent the law in an overzealous pursuit of a culprit, Deputy Solicitor Gen. Michael Dreeben told the Supreme Court that the government’s aggressive approach was...

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