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Michael Zeldin

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Michael F. Zeldin has served as a legal analyst since 1996 covering such stories as the Whitewater/Monica Lewinsky investigation, the Clinton impeachment proceedings, the Gore v. Bush election, the disappearance of Chandra Levy. Presently, he is a CNN legal analyst principally focusing on the investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller.  He has published opinion-editorial pieces for CNN.com, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Hill, The Washington Times, and The Washington Post.

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Michael Zeldin Lecture March 8, 2018

Mueller v. Trump: The White House on Trial

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Michael F. Zeldin has served as a legal analyst since 1996 covering such stories as the Whitewater/Monica Lewinsky investigation, the Clinton impeachment proceedings, the Gore v. Bush election, the disappearance of Chandra Levy. Presently, he is a CNN legal analyst principally focusing on the investigation of Special Counsel Robert Mueller. He has published opinion-editorial pieces for CNN.com, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The Hill, The Washington Times, and The Washington Post.

As an attorney, Michael F. Zeldin is an internationally recognized expert. He has served clients and lectured throughout the world on topics ranging from money laundering, terrorist financing and economic sanctions. As well as testified before the U.S. House of Representatives, Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Crime, on the topic of international money laundering.

During his tenure in the Criminal Division of the U.S. Department of Justice he held various senior positions including: Deputy Chief, Narcotics and Dangerous Drug Section; Chief, Money Laundering and Asset Forfeiture Offices; Special Counsel for Money Laundering Matters to Criminal Division Assistant Attorney General Robert Mueller. In addition, he served as the DOJ delegate to numerous international narcotics and money laundering multilateral conventions.

Mr. Zeldin served as the Deputy Independent Counsel/Independent Counsel, investigating allegations of tampering with candidate Bill Clinton’s passport files during the 1992 presidential campaign
He also served as the Deputy Chief Counsel to the U.S. House of Representatives, Foreign Affairs Committee, October Surprise Task Force, Deputy Chief Counsel, (1992-1993) where he investigated the events surrounding the holding and eventual release of the American hostages in Iran during the Presidency of Jimmy Carter.

Mr. Zeldin serves as a member of the Board of KEEN Greater DC. KEEN’s Mission is to empower youth with disabilities by providing free, non-competitive one-to-one programs of exercise, fitness and fun, led by volunteer coaches.

Mr. Zeldin serves as a committee member of KidSave in Washington, DC. KidSave endeavors to end the institutionalization of abandoned children through programming which enables the adoption of older children throughout the world.

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As the White House settles in for “a long winter” according to The Washington Post, former FBI Director Robert Mueller and his Office of the Special Counsel are doggedly pursuing and expanding the probe into possible links between the Trump campaign and Russian interests, as well and interference in the 2016 elections by Russian officials.


 


Bringing his insider knowledge of Washington’s complicated legal mechanisms, Zeldin will share his observations of the political and judicial maneuvers behind the headlines. As a former assistant to Mueller in the Justice Department, he will offer his insight and speculation about the revelations, and address the question: “What’s going to happen next?”


Zeldin has a diverse career in the law, including at the Department of Justice in the Narcotics and Dangerous Drug Section and as director of the Asset Forfeiture Office, director of the Money Laundering Office, and special counsel to the Office of the Assistant Attorney General, Criminal Division, for money laundering matters. He is a retired principal of Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu and former special counsel with Buckley Sandler. Zeldin earned a bachelor’s degree from Binghamton University, a juris doctor (JD) from George Washington University Law School, and a master of laws (LLM) from Georgetown University Law Center. In addition to providing legal analysis for CNN, he has published pieces in The New York TimesThe Wall Street Journal, and The Washington Post.


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