Aaron Zebley

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Aaron M. Zebley[1] is a former member of the special counsel investigation headed by Robert Mueller.[2] He was the former chief of staff to Mueller at the FBI.[2] Zebley followed Mueller from the Federal Bureau of Investigation to the law firm WilmerHale and also subsequently left when Mueller resigned to become the special counsel, along with James L. Quarles III.[3][4]

Early life and education[edit]

Zebley graduated from the College of William & Mary[5] magna cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa in 1992.[6] He graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law in 1996.[6][7]


Zebley was an FBI special agent working for the bureau's Counterterrorism Division for seven years.[8] As an FBI agent, Zebley investigated al-Qaeda's bombings of U.S. embassies in east Africa in 1998, and after September 11 attacks was assigned to the FBI's PENTTBOM team, which investigated the terrorists responsible for the attacks.[7] Zebley was one of the investigators who built the case against Zacarias Moussaoui, who was ultimately sentenced to life imprisonment.[7] Zebley testified at Moussaoui's trial.[9][10]

Zebley later joined the United States Department of Justice, where he was first an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Alexandria, Virginia-based National Security and Terrorism Unit[6] and later a senior counsel in the National Security Division, holding the position of senior counselor.[8]

Zebley served as chief of staff to Robert Mueller when Mueller was Director of the FBI and in 2014 followed Mueller to the law firm WilmerHale, where he served as partner for three years.[6][11] While in private practice at WilmerHale, Zebley was an expert in cybersecurity[8] and represented a wide range of clients, including Justin Cooper, a former aide to Hillary Clinton,[12] and the National Football League.[1]

In May 2017, after Mueller was appointed as special counsel investigating Russian interference in the 2016 United States elections, Zebley resigned from WilmerHale to join the Special Counsel investigative team.[13]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Mark Maske & Adam Goldman, Probe of NFL's handling of Ray Rice case could imperil Commissioner Roger Goodell, Washington Post (September 11, 2014).
  2. ^ a b Zapotosky, Matt (July 5, 2017). "As Mueller builds his Russia special-counsel team, every hire is under scrutiny". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on July 5, 2017.
  3. ^ Taylor, Jessica; Johnson, Carrie (May 17, 2017). "Former FBI Director Mueller Appointed As Special Counsel To Oversee Russia Probe". NPR. Archived from the original on May 17, 2017.
  4. ^ Jarrett, Laura; Perez, Evan (June 10, 2017). "Mueller staffing up Russia probe while Trump lawyer declares victory". CNN. Archived from the original on June 10, 2017. Retrieved June 10, 2017.
  5. ^ "Robert Mueller Chooses His Investigatory Dream Team". WIRED. Retrieved 2018-08-21.
  6. ^ a b c d Former FBI Chief of Staff Aaron Zebley to Join WilmerHale (press release), WilmerHale (March 31, 2014).
  7. ^ a b c Cullen Couch, When the Constitution and National Security Interests Collide: Investigations and Trials in a Post-9/11 World, UVA Lawyer (fall 2007).
  8. ^ a b c Rebecca Tan & Alex Ward,Meet the all-star legal team who may take down Trump, Vox (June 15, 2017).
  9. ^ Neil A. Lewis, Case for Moussaoui Execution Seems Bolstered by 2 Witnesses, New York Times (March 23, 2006).
  10. ^ Agent asserts Moussaoui's silence aided 9/11 plotters, New York Times (March 23, 2006).
  11. ^ Laura Jarrett and Evan Perez (June 10, 2017). "Mueller staffing up Russia probe". CNN.CS1 maint: Uses authors parameter (link)
  12. ^ Mueller, several team members gave up million-dollar jobs to work on special counsel investigation, Washington Post (August 8, 2017).
  13. ^ "Former FBI Director Mueller Appointed As Special Counsel To Oversee Russia Probe". NPR.org. Retrieved 2018-08-21.