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Mueller’s “Pit Bull” Andrew Weissmann under scrutiny as Rosenstein agrees to turn over documents to Nunes

The Department of Justice has agreed to turn over all documents related to the controversial dossier to the House Intelligence Committee after four months of wrangling and legal threats ended in a Wednesday night phone call and agreement.

House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes, R-CA, and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein spoke at length Wednesday night, just hours before Nunes’  imposed midnight deadline on the Justice Department passed.

Rosenstein not only agreed to provide all the documents requested, which include unredacted FBI interviews with witnesses, as well as access to eight key FBI and DOJ witnesses but information on Andrew Weissmann, who’s now a senior member of the special counsel.

Moreover, the committee notes that the Justice Department is “researching records related to the details of an April 2017 meeting between DOJ Attorney Andrew Weissmann (now the senior attorney for Special Counsel Robert Mueller) and the media, which will also be provided to this Committee by close of business on Thursday, January 11, 2018.” Weissmann, who is considered a top criminal prosecutor,  was described in a New York Times report as Mueller’s “legal Pit Bull.”

Justice Department officials could not be immediately reached for comment.

Judicial Watch, a government watchdog group, released multiple internal Justice Department emails in early December, showing senior employees of the Justice Department lavishing praise on then-former acting Attorney General Sally Yates after she defied President Donald Trump’s January, 2017, travel ban executive order.

“I am so proud,” Weissmann told Yates in an email.  Weissmann, who joined Mueller’s team in June, was was then a top prosecutor in the Justice Department’s criminal division. “And in awe. Thank you so much. All my deepest respects.” Yates was fired by Trump for her insubordination.

Weissmann’s role in the Special Counsel is significant. He is described as Mueller’s right hand man the investigation, which appears to be expanding from its original edict to investigate alleged collusion between members of the Trump campaign with  Russia, to a broader financial investigation of Trump, members of his family and campaign officials.
“It is my hope that this agreement will provide the Committee with all outstanding documents and witnesses necessary to complete its investigations into matters involving DOJ and FBI,” stated Nunes in the letter. “As agreed, designated Committee investigators and staff will be provided access to all remaining investigative documents, in un-redacted review at DOJ on Friday, January 5, 2018.”

The committee will review all documents to include “FBI Form FD- 1023s and all remaining FBI Form FD- 302s responsive to the Committee’s August 24, 2017 subpoenas,” the letter states. The FD-302 forms are the reported summaries of interviews conducted by the FBI.

Nunes states there is only one “agreed-upon exception pertains to a single FD-302, which, due to national security interests, will be shown separately by (FBI) Director (Christopher) Wray to myself and my senior investigators during the week of January 8, 2018.”

He added that the committee “is extremely concerned by indications that top U.S. Government officials who were investigating a presidential campaign relied on unverified information that was funded by the opposing political campaign and was based on Russian sources.”

The salacious and unsubstantiated dossier was compiled by former British MI-6 spy Christopher Steele, who was paid by the security firm Fusion GPS. The Washington Post revealed in October, the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign paid Fusion GPS for the opposition research conducted by Steele.

Nunes had originally issued subpoenas for the documents and records on Aug. 24,  but committee staff told this reporter they had been “stonewalled”  by both the FBI and Justice Department for months.

“Going forward, it’s crucial that we memorialize our conversations on this issue, and that we’re as transparent as possible with the American people, who deserve answers to the questions the Committee is investigating,” Nunes states.

 

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33 Comments

  1. Sara you have a couple of typos in 3rd paragraph, it is hard to understand if you are saying Nunes and the Comittee will have access to Weissmann or not. Also I believe the word you meant to be was unredacted but it was mistakenly autocorrected to unreacted.

  2. Had to read this graf three times to understand it:

    “Rosenstein not only agreed to provide all the documents requested, which include unreacted FBI interviews with witnesses, as well as, access to eight key FBI and DOJ witnesses but information on Andrew Weissmann, whose now a senior member of the special counsel.”

    “Unreacted”? “Whose” And that crucially misplaced comma? Sara, I know this is the internet, but you need a proofreader.

  3. I’m glad Rep. Nunes is in charge of this investigation and thankful Sara Carter is keeping us posted.

  4. “Weissmann, who is considered a top criminal prosecutor, ….”

    Weissman is thought by many prosecutors to have acquired the “pit bull” appellation as a result of his ethics, not his legal skills.”

  5. Sarah you and John Solomon deserve the Pulitzer Prize in Journalism. We all know it won’t happen but Lord knows you deserve it. Keep up the great work

  6. Excellent work Sara. You deserve a Pulitzer. However, I have one issue. Why the sudden turn around by the FBI and DOJ? They know contempt of congress has no teeth in it as we saw with Holder. I suspect they think they have Trump on something totally different such as money laundering no matter how frivolous as we have started to see a couple reports of it today. They now think they have another ace so turning over all the Doc’s regarding Russia and FBI corruption is irrelevant in their eyes because the “investigation cloud” will still continue as money laundering. The whole goal was to destroy Trump and damn the consequences. Just a theory i had and wondered if it’s been considered.

  7. Sara, there are not enough words to tell you how much we appreciate the hard work you have done for the country. You are a true American hero. Although, I hate to pile on, but there is one word you could use in the 8th paragraph. “…right hand man IN the investigation.”

  8. I had no trouble at all understanding the paragraph. Seizing on punctuation errors like an overzealous schoolmarm with a ruler in her hand looking to rap some knuckles is just pedantic.

  9. Agree. Time for public viewing. GITMO TV. I want to see the evidence and when proven, I want to see either firing squard or public hanging and know who is in for life or for what period of time and NEVER offered Pardons. I want to know they are truely dead. No fake out like Hitler and so many more.

  10. Sara, excellent work. Why does the DOJ, Mr. Sessions and Mr. Sessions not have too meet subpoena deadlines? Why are there no penalties for blowing off Congress or FOI requests?

  11. Vickie, thank you for taking on the grammar Nazi’s. I had no issue comprehending the meaning of the text either. If they focused more on the content, we would all be better off. It seems their are quite a few retired 4th grade English teachers on this site.

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