Marcy Wheeler is an independent journalist who writes about national security and civil liberties at her blog emptywheel. She also serves on the advisory committee for the House Fourth Amendment Caucus, is a senior fellow at George Washington University’s Center for Cyber and Homeland Security, and is the author of Anatomy of Deceit: How the Bush Administration Used the Media to Sell the Iraq War and Out a Spy (2007). (December 2017)

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Michael Flynn: What We Know, What Mueller Knows

Former national security adviser Michael Flynn at his plea hearing in Washington, D.C., December 1, 2017

In the efforts to figure out how much damage Flynn’s plea will do to Trump and other senior administration officials, most observers seem to have overlooked one of the few available metrics on the Mueller investigation: the size of his team. While the numbers have fluctuated, Mueller has somewhere in the neighborhood of sixteen prosecutors. Thus far, we’ve seen official notice of what just half of them have been up to. Robert Mueller has put only a few of his cards on the table.