The federal government is shutting down, which may have those closely following L’Affair Russe wondering if the Special Counsel investigation into 2016 Russian election meddling will be interrupted. As the Justice Department confirmed last week, Mueller’s team will not be affected by a shutdown. This is why.
Sabrina McCubbin graduated cum laude from Georgetown University Law Center, where she was the student editor-in-chief of the Journal of National Security Law and Policy. She has worked at the Center for Strategic and International Studies and the Center on Privacy and Technology. She earned her B.A. from McGill University in 2012.
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