Top Mueller Prosecutor Weissmann Steps Down In Latest Sign Probe Ending

Andrew Weissmann, perhaps the ‘angriest‘ Democrat on special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe, is leaving the investigation and will return to the private sector, according to NPR, citing two sources. 

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Considered the “architect” of the case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort – who was sentenced to a combined 7.5 years in prison for financial crimes related to his private business dealings, Weissmann will now study and teach at New York University. He will also embark on several public service projects, such as how to prevent wrongful convictions by improving forensic science standards. 

As NPR notes, “The departure is the strongest sign yet that Mueller and his team have all but concluded their work.

Weissmann – who wasn’t able to link Manafort to collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, has come under fire from conservatives for his extreme liberalism. He attended Hillary Clinton’s election night party in 2016, and was one of several officials told by then-DOJ #4 Bruce Ohr prior to the DOJ obtaining a FISA surveillance warrant that the ‘Steele Dossier’ was opposition research connected to Clinton and might be biased. Weissmann was the head of the DOJ’s fraud section at the time. 

Former Trump adviser Steve Bannon also issued a warning about Weissmann and other senior members of the special counsel team when they were named in 2017.

Other departures signaling the end of Mueller’s probe

While Weissmann’s departure is the largest indication to date that the Mueller probe is near its end, several other investigators have already left the special counsel’s office – including the senior-most FBI agent working the case; David Archey. Archey will head up the FBI’s Richmond, VA office.

Another prosecutor, Brandon Van Grack, is now leading a DOJ effort to enforce compliance with the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA) – a law requiring that people disclose if they are representing foreign powers in the United States. Created in 1938, the law remained virtually unenforced until the DOJ was able to nab Manafort and his deputy Rick Gates, who failed to register as foreign agents while representing the government of Ukraine. Notably, lobbyist Tony Podesta – who worked alongside Manafort, had the uncanny foresight to retroactively file as a foreign agent months before Manafort was charged. 

Weissmann’s past successes

One of the reason Andrew Weissmann was considered such a threat to the Trump team is his long history of unraveling complex financial ties and securing cooperative witnesses in order to build criminal cases against higher-ups. 

As a federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, Weissmann won a conviction against the head of the Gambino crime family, using testimony from Sammy “The Bull” Gravano and others.

He went on to lead the Justice Department task force investigating fraud at Enron Corp., a high-flying energy company whose chief executives, Kenneth Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, were convicted by a jury in Houston.

Lay died before he could be sentenced. Skilling served 12 years behind bars before his recent release. –NPR

“Throughout his career, Andrew has had unparalleled success in building case after case against the most sophisticated criminals in the world,” said former colleague Leslie Caldwell. “He took on New York’s most feared organized crime families, unraveled the incredibly ornate frauds at Enron, and has tracked international criminals, exposing their carefully concealed financial dealings in many dark corners of the world.” 

 

via zerohedge

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13 comments

  1. Andrew Weissmann is leaving the Mueller Witch Hunt not because it is over, but because the money is drying up! He will go on to find another carcass to devour!

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    2. Republican majority then should not have allowed or strongly objected selection of Weissmann on Mueller’s team. Republicans have failed similarly on several other matter because of incredibly weak leadership of Ryan. Imagine he ran for VP spot with the other loser Romney.

  2. Weissman is a damn joke as the courts did everything but jail the bastard after breaking many rules and laws after the Enron case and is known for underhanded tactics and thereby committing as many crimes as the people he was pursuing! He is not a hero and person to be admired.

  3. Weissmann joined Mueller’s team after taking a leave of absence from his current job leading the DOJ’s criminal fraud unit. He formerly served as general counsel to the FBI under Mueller’s leadership.

    Andrew Weissmann obtained convictions against two Enron clients: accounting giant Arthur Andersen and executives at banking dynamo Merrill Lynch.

    Andersen was finished as a company; four Merrill executives went to prison. Those cases were overturned by the Supreme Court. Weissmann’s team made sure they did not even get bail pending their appeals, even though the charges Weissmann concocted, like those against Andersen, were literally unprecedented putting thousands of employees of Andersen out of work. Weissmann’s prosecution devastated the lives and families of the Merrill executives, causing enormous defense costs, unimaginable stress and torturous prison time. The 5th Circuit Court of Appeals reversed the mass of the case. Weissmann quietly resigned from the Enron Task Force just as the judge in the Enron Broadband prosecution began excoriating Weissmann’s team and the press began catching on to Weissmann’s modus operandi. Mueller knew this history. Is this why he tapped Weissmann to target Paul Manafort, Cohen and Stone?

  4. Democracy is not perfect political system but is the Best Sociopolitical system we have in the USA.I do LOVE-USA AS MUCH AS YOU DO . If there is NIT justice or fairness : Democracy doesn’t exist and it is the beginning of the end . American citizens are the more skillfull , experienced and knowledgeable in the electoral procees of voting and the proved , demonstrated on November 2016 electing president D Tump. That is the DNA of our government system .Please do not touche it or try to corrected without scientific evidence because produce irreversible damage ( mutation or changes) . Freedom is imprinting in every gene, cell , brain in every fiber of each AMERICAN person. Thank you Arnold Vera , MD., MSc., CDE.,FACE

  5. Weismann is good for one thing -using NAZI tactics on civilians

    If he does not see prison then there is no justice in America

  6. Andrew Weissmann is a snake! Enron was overturned for bad decisions by Weissmann. People stayed in jail until they were released years later and repaid by taxpayers in millions thanks to Weissmann. Weismann was called “Bob Mueller’s pit bull” for his sloppy work and overturned decisions.He was paid millions for this work under Mueller at our expense. He is rotten to the core.Weissmann attended Hillary’s inauguration party the night Trump won over all odds showing his bias.https://heavy.com/news/2017/10/andrew-weissman-weissman-mueller-investigation-lawyer-attorney/

  7. Weissman needs to be behind bars for a very long time. He is the most criminal with enron & needs to pay .
    all f these criminals need to be put away .

  8. Weissmann is known as a cutthroat killing Enron , wasting millions of dollars and then having the entire case thrown out by Judges costing jobs to 80.000 people worldwide and Weissmann just went to another Democratic job then attended Hillary’s inauguration as she lost to Donald Trump.Mueller loves him which says a lot about Mueller as well.

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