Major Staff Change in the Mueller Team

The Mueller team is about to lose one of its top prosecutors. The Daily Wire reports:

Either the Special Counsel’s investigation is winding down or something interesting is going on in that office, because top prosecutor Andrew Weissmann plans to leave soon.

Weissmann, according to NPR, is “the architect of the case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort” and will leave Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s office in order to “study and teach at New York University and work on a variety of public service projects, including his longstanding interest in preventing wrongful convictions by shoring up forensic science standards used in courts.”

Though Weissmann’s name isn’t as well-known as Mueller or Peter Strzok or Lisa Page or Andrew McCabe, he has his own biases that made his placement on the special counsel questionable. Weissmann attended Hillary Clinton’s election night party in 2016 and told then-Acting Attorney General Sally Yates that he was “so proud … and in awe” after she said she wouldn’t defend the Trump administration’s restrictions on travel from countries known to be hotbeds of terrorism. “All my deepest respects,” he concluded in the email he sent.

Weissmann also appears to have leaked information to the press while working on the Mueller probe. Journalist Sara Carter reported in March 2018 that Weissmann met with the Associated Press just one day before the outlet ran an article about Paul Manafort’s interactions with Ukraine officials.

Weissmann’s departure could be a sign that the Mueller probe is winding down, but his own actions should be tightly scrutinized for any bias.

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