Mueller 'Pitbull' Andrew Weissmann Leaving Russia Probe

Saul Bowman
Марта 17, 2019

Under the statute governing the special counsel's work, Mueller is only required to provide Attorney General Bill Barr with a "confidential report explaining the prosecution or declination decisions".

The House voted unanimously Thursday on a resolution that urges special counsel Robert Mueller's Russian Federation report to be made public.

Yet it seems even Republicans are fed up with the secrecy, as the House voted unanimously Thursday on a resolution demanding the report be made public.

The final vote was 420-0, with eight members of Congress opting out of the vote and four Republicans voting "present".

As Schumer tried to get the Mueller resolution approved by voice vote, the senator said on the Senate floor: "The American people have an undeniable right to see the results of that investigation".

"Transparency is fundamental to the special counsel's process, especially when dealing with matters of national security involving the president", said House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler, whose committee will oversee any impeachment motion. Peter Carr, a spokesman for Mueller, offered what many viewed as fresh evidence of an imminent conclusion Thursday when he confirmed that one of the special counsel's top prosecutors, Andrew Weissmann, will be departing the special counsel's office "in the near future".

Multiple Democrat leaders, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi, have vowed to sue the the Trump administration should the DOJ refuse to turn over the full report to Congress.

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During his confirmation hearing in the Senate this year, Mr. Barr said he wanted to be as transparent as possible, but would not commit to making the entire report public.

The top Republican on the House Judiciary panel, Georgia Rep. Doug Collins, voted for the resolution but said it was unnecessary.

Weissmann has been a pivotal member of Mueller's team, which has brought charges against 34 people and three companies during a 22-month-old investigation into whether Trump's 2016 campaign conspired with Russian Federation and whether the Republican president unlawfully sought to obstruct the probe.

"[Barr] understands the questions and turmoil this has caused", Collins said. However, it does not force Barr to do so. The exact date of the document's release has not been announced, but it's reported to be unveiled soon.

Six House committee chairs introduced the resolution on Friday.

Once the investigation concludes, Mueller will submit a written report to Barr, who will then need to brief Congress.

"Andrew has been involved with NYU Law in the past and we have been talking with him about returning to the Law School following his current commitments", Orey said.

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