A top lieutenant to Special Counsel Robert Mueller is an anti-Trump partisan. Andrew Weissmann was discovered praising disgraced then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates for her refusal to enforce Trump’s travel ban – for refusing to do her job.
Andrew Weissmann, who has served as the chief of the Justice Department’s Criminal Fraud Section earlier this year is the topmost investigator on Mueller’s team of prosecutors.
Weissmann had sent an email in January of this year, when he was still in his criminal fraud section role, to the former acting Attorney General – Sally Yates and had applauded her for her refusal to enforce Trump’s temporary travel ban on people entering the United States from several predominantly Muslim countries.
“I am so proud. And in awe,” Weissmann had emailed Yates. “Thank you so much. All my deepest respects.”
Earlier that day, Trump had fired Yates after she had refused to defend the travel ban.
Weissmann’s email is just one of the several emails that were sent to Yates by the DOJ officials praising her for defying Trump on the travel ban. A news source has received these emails through a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit.
Judicial Watch President, Tom Fitton had said that the findings clearly portray Weissmann’s anti-Trump bias and had said that the Mueller investigation has been “irredeemably compromised.”
A news article which was published in October described Weissmann as Mueller’s “pitbull” and had said that colleagues called him “relentless and uncompromising”; his critics too, said that his “scorched-earth tactics” have sometimes backfired. Weismann also oversaw the pre-dawn raid of former Trump campaign aide Paul Manafort, according to the report.
“This is an astonishing and disturbing find,” Fitton had said on Tuesday. “Andrew Weissmann, a key prosecutor on Robert Mueller’s team, praised Obama DOJ holdover Sally Yates after she lawlessly thwarted President Trump. How much evidence do we need that the Mueller operation has been irredeemably compromised by anti-Trump partisans? Shut it down.”
The new email revelations that are showing strong, early bias by the Justice Department employees against Trump’s travel ban comes amid the new scrutiny of the FBI probe into Hillary Clinton’s emails and on Mueller’s investigative team.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman, Devin Nunes, had directed his staff to prepare a contempt of Congress resolution against the FBI Director Christopher Wray and Deputy Attorney General, Rod Rosenstein, for the roles that they might have played in “hiding” a top agent’s alleged bias against Trump.
Nunes threatened to hold the DOJ official in contempt of Congress for failing to disclose the reasons behind the removal of FBI agent, Peter Strzok, from Mueller’s investigative team. Strzok was removed from the special counsel’s probe after the Justice Department had uncovered the work emails from Strzok to another FBI agent that had appeared to criticize Trump.
Judicial Watch’s FOIA lawsuit also produced other emails, all from the Justice Department email addresses, all expressing strong support for Yates’s decision.
Liz Aloi, who was serving as chief of the Justice Department’s special financial investigations unit, said that Yates was “inspirational and heroic.” She remains to be the chief of the unit, according to her profile on Linkedin.
Jeffrey Clair, a Justice Department Civil Division Appellate Attorney, had thanked Yates and wrote in a mail: “I’ve been in civil/appellate for 30 years and have never seen an administration with such contempt for democratic values and the rule of law.”
“The president’s order is an unconstitutional embarrassment and I applaud you for taking a principled stand against defending it,” he had added.
Though it is still unclear if Clair is still working at the Justice Department. The DOJ did not immediately respond to any requests for comment.