There’s been much discussion about the fact that most of the investigators in Robert Mueller’s special counsel probe of Democrat claims that the 2016 Trump campaign colluded with Russia donated money to the party’s candidate, Hillary Clinton.
The government contends it is barred by regulation from considering such financial support when it reviews candidates for jobs.
Nevertheless, the government watchdog Judicial Watch is trying to ferret out the influence of that perceived bias on the investigation by demanding the Justice Department release any text messages regarding Clinton or President Trump by Andrew Weissmann, Mueller’s senior deputy.
Now more than a year old, the investigation has presented no evidence of Trump campaign collusion with Russia.
During that time, however, evidence has surfaced that the Hillary Clinton campaign funded a political organization that hired a former British spy who produced a dossier of “salacious and unverified” claims about Trump derived from Russian sources.
The dossier, which was leaked to media, had a significant role in launching the special counsel investigation.
Judicial Watch noted Weissmann has been described as a “pit bull” for Mueller.
“Andrew Weissmann is demonstrably an anti-Trump/pro-Clinton activist,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “And it is suspicious the Justice Department refuses to turn over any Weissmann text messages, especially given the anti-Trump bias documented in the FBI’s Strzok-Page texts.”
He was referring to FBI counterespionage agent Peter Strzok, who led both the FBI’s Clinton email probe and, initially, the bureau’s Russia probe, and his paramour, FBI lawyer Lisa Page. Strzok was escorted out of FBI headquarters Tuesday.
In an August 2016 text message revealed last week through Inspector General Michael Horowitz’s report, Page expressed fear to Strzok that Trump and might win the election. “No. No he won’t. We’ll stop it,” Strzok replied.
Until the release of Horowitz’s report, congressional investigators had only a copy of Page’s text. Strzok’s reply had been redacted, Republican House members pointed out, illustrating further their charge that the Justice Department has been obstructing justice by refusing to hand over requested documents regarding the Clinton email probe.
Judicial Watch said Weissmann’s lack of objectivity previously was documented in an email he wrote praising former acting Attorney General Sally Yates for defying Trump on enforcement of the president’s so-called travel ban.
Weissmann wrote to Obama appointee Yates in the email: “I am so proud. And in awe. Thank you so much. All my deepest respects.”
Trump fired Yates over her refusal to defend the policy. Yates was appointed by President Obama and was serving in an acting capacity as attorney general for Trump.
Judicial Watch noted the Wall Street Journal reported that Weissmann had been in attendance at the party Hillary Clinton held on election night in 2016.
The Los Angeles Times reported Weissmann was the one who orchestrated the door-knockdown raid on Paul Manafort Jr.’s home last year, “with all the subtlety of a sledgehammer.”
He gave nearly $7,000 to Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama campaigns, and was one of nearly 10 Mueller team members to financially support the candidate Trump defeated.
Weissmann’s career includes prosecuting cases against organized crime in New York.
The Times pointed out that Weissmann is well known for pushing legal boundaries.
In the prosecution of “Big Five” accounting firm Arthur Andersen in the Enron case, he convinced a judge to tell jurors they could convict the firm whether the employees knew there were violations of the law or not.
The U.S. Supreme Court soon slapped him down, but Arthur Andersen never recovered.
“Defense lawyers also have argued that Weissmann and his colleagues failed to turn over potentially favorable evidence in some cases,” the Times reported.
Defense counsel Sidney Powell later wrote about the issue in a book, “Licensed to Lie.”
She told the Times, “Andrew Weissmann is not fit to practice law.