Who Is Sitting Behind Robert Mueller?

House Judiciary

Sitting behind Robert Mueller during today’s hearings are James Quarles, Andrew Goldstein, and Jonathan Yarowsky. Quarles is the man with the bright white mustache, and he’s already been getting a lot of attention on social media. (You can’t see him in the feature photo above, but photos are in the first section below.) Learn about all three in the story below.

James Quarles Is the Man with the White Mustache

James Quarles is the man with the bright white mustache who is sitting behind Mueller. At one point, the Judiciary and Intelligence committees wanted to question Quarles and Aaron Zebley, who is sitting next to Mueller, behind closed doors. But this did not end up occurring after Attorney General William Barr said the Justice Department would block them from testifying if subpoenas were issued, Politico reported.

Quarles was a partner at WilmerHale, the same law firm that Mueller left in order to take the job as special counsel. Quarles was also once assistant special prosecutor for the Watergate Special Prosecution Force, Politifact reported. He was on Mueller’s investigation team.

According to his Denison alumni bio, Quarles is often called “Q” by friends. He attended Harvard Law School and is married to Sharon Taft. They have two children: Jessica and Matthew. They also have four grandchildren.

During today’s hearing, Quarles has been referred to as the man with the mustache by people who don’t know his name. And his expressions alone have impressed some viewers.

Andrew Goldstein Was a Public Corruption Prosecutor

Andrew Goldstein, also seated behind Mueller, is an attorney from the Southern District of New York, Politifact reported. He was one of 17 attorneys on Mueller’s special counsel team.

Goldstein was a public corruption prosecutor for U.S. Attorney Prett Bharara, NBC News reported. He’s also a former high school teacher and reporter for Time magazine. One of his cases was reported to be a “dogged investigation” that studied thousands of emails and documents and interviewed more than 100 people. Goldstein was also on the team that didn’t charge Bill de Blasio after a bribery investigation.

Jonathan Yarowsky Advised Clinton on Impeachment Proceedings

Jonathan Yarowsky is also sitting behind Mueller during his testimony today. He has provided Mueller with a lot of advice about how to handle today’s hearings, Politico reported.  In fact, his name was the only contact listed for reaching Mueller on the bottom of the subpoena. Here’s a photo of Yarowsky from a C-SPAN 2018 video:


He’s been an attorney for more than 40 years and advised Bill Clinton on impeachment proceedings. During Clinton’s second term, he also managed his judicial nominations.

Yarowsky is also a partner at WilmerHale, the same firm that Mueller left to be special counsel. According to his WilmerHale bio, he “provides strategic counsel and multi-branch advocacy to clients in an array of areas including antitrust, telecommunications policy, intellectual property, and administrative practice and procedure. Mr. Yarowsky also maintains a robust practice in congressional investigations as well as in antitrust representation. ”

Yarowsky was the driving force behind concessions from both Democrats and Republicans before the hearings today. He’s been named a top lobbyist by The Hill every year since 2008, according to his bio.