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Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating Russia and the Trump campaign, was just getting started in 2017. Former campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates are expected to face trial in early 2018, and Mueller is reportedly interviewing current and former White House officials. It’s still unclear how wide his probe is and how long the investigation will last. What’s certain is that the demand in Washington for white-collar and criminal defense attorneys will increase, and we’ll be watching which lawyers and firms get the business.

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