Russia and the Mueller Report: What You Need to Know
Monday, June 17, 2019
For nearly two years, Special Counsel Robert Mueller investigated Russia's role in the 2016 election. The NYU John Brademas Center's Young Leaders Network welcomed Ryan Goodman of the Reiss Center on Law and Security, and Andy Wright of K&L Gates LLP as they outlined the facts and significant legal issues surrounding the Trump-Russia investigations. Maegan Vazquez of CNN Politics moderated the conversation. The group addressed breaking news as well as the legal and political context behind the headlines.
This event was free and open to congressional interns.
Ryan Goodman, Faculty Director, Reiss Center on Law and Security
Ryan Goodman is a Faculty Director of the Reiss Center on Law and Security and the Anne and Joel Ehrenkranz Professor of Law at NYU School of Law. He served as special counsel to the general counsel of the Department of Defense (2015-16). In addition to his posts at NYU School of Law, Goodman is an associated member of the Department of Sociology and an affiliated member of the Department of Politics at NYU. Before joining the Law School, he was the Rita E. Hauser Professor of Human Rights and Humanitarian Law and director of the Human Rights Program at Harvard Law School. Goodman has published articles in leading law reviews and has also co-authored several books, including Socializing States: Promoting Human Rights Through International Law with Derek Jinks (2013) (winner of top annual book award by the American Society of International Law). His work makes significant contributions to the law of armed conflict, human rights law, and US national security law. The US Supreme Court relied on Goodman’s amicus briefs in Hamdan v. Rumsfeld when it overturned the government’s system of military commissions, and in Lawrence v. Texas, when it overturned an anti-sodomy statute. Goodman received his BA in government and philosophy from the University of Texas at Austin. He earned his JD from Yale Law School and a PhD in sociology from Yale University. He is a member of the board of editors of the American Journal of International Law, a member of the US Department of State’s Advisory Committee on International Law, and a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. He is also the founding co-editor-in-chief of the national security online forum, Just Security.
Maegan Vazquez, White House Reporter, CNN Politics
Maegan Vazquez is a CNN White House reporter based in Washington, D.C., where she covers the White House and the Trump administration.
Vazquez was previously a digital reporter for CNN Politics, covering breaking news in Washington.
Prior to CNN, Vazquez worked for Independent Journal Review, where she worked as a political reporter, an editor, and most recently, a White House reporter.
At IJR, Vazquez conducted West Wing interviews with senior Trump administration officials, uncovered President Barack Obama's post-presidency home renovation plans, and profiled Las Vegas legend Wayne Newton.
Vazquez grew up in Laredo, Texas, and graduated from New York University, where she majored in journalism and social & cultural analysis.
Andy Wright, Partner, K&L Gates LLP
Andy Wright (@AndyMcCanse) is a Partner in the Washington office of K&L Gates, and Senior Fellow and Founding Editor of Just Security.
Wright served as Associate Counsel to President Barack Obama in the White House Counsel’s Office. Previously, after six years in private practice as a litigator and white collar criminal defense attorney, Wright was Staff Director and Counsel to the national security subcommittee of the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform from 2007 to 2011. Prior to his time in private practice, he served as Assistant Counsel to Vice President Al Gore in the Clinton White House, where he managed responses to investigations conducted by Congress, the Department of Justice, and the Office of the Independent Counsel.
Most recently, Wright was Associate Professor at Savannah Law School, where he taught constitutional law, criminal law, criminal procedure, presidential powers, and federal criminal law. He has also taught related courses at West Virginia University College of Law and Armstrong State University. Wright’s research focuses on congressional oversight and its intersection with national security.
He is a graduate of the University of Virginia School of Law and Washington & Lee University, where he was awarded a Harry S. Truman scholarship for commitment to public service.
Areas of Expertise: National Security Law, Congressional Oversight, Executive Privilege, Presidential Powers, Government Integrity, Separation of Powers.
Young Leaders Network
Founded in 2014 by the John Brademas Center of New York University and the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate, the Young Leaders Network aims to promote in the next generation the spirit of public service as embodied for decades on Capitol Hill by John Brademas and Ted Kennedy.
By developing the Young Leaders Network (YLN), the NYU Brademas Center seeks to create programs that enrich the student experience while interning in Washington, DC. Students who participate in YLN programming build a network of peers and mentors while they begin laying the groundwork for a career in public service.