Former special counsel Robert Mueller testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, July 24, 2019, before the House Judiciary Committee hearing on his report on Russian election interference. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
Having all these former “prosecutors” become fixtures on cable TV is helpful. It shows who they really were all along.
Of course, in the case of Andrew Weissmann, there was never any doubt. This is a man with a long history of corruption, getting slapped down by the Supreme Court at one point. He’s everything that’s wrong with federal law enforcement and the day he retired was a good day.
Now, like all these supposedly “unbiased” civil servants, he’s landed himself a job at MSNBC commenting on the very cases he once perpetrated. Yesterday, while appearing, he managed to let slip what the Mueller investigation was basically all about.
So I guess all the people who scoffed at the suggestion that this guy was a partisan hack will now admit they were wrong? https://t.co/iUwOLY7NS4
— Chuck Ross (@ChuckRossDC) February 6, 2020
Weissmann, perhaps not realizing what he was doing, starts by likening Trump to an Italian leader that they were trying to “get rid of.” He then goes into a tough guy routine lamenting the fact that Trump wouldn’t sit down for an interview with him, thereby robbing Weissmann of the chance to catch him in a perjury trap. Past that, even his descriptions of Trump in this clip show his biases front and center.
But look, perhaps my headline isn’t accurate for a lot of us. Is it really stunning that Weissmann essentially admits the Mueller probe was a shot to take out Trump? Not really, as it’s been easily ascertainable for years that there was no other real purpose. Nearly all of the stuff dealing with Russia was already widely known. Mueller and his team basically just copied the work of others, from the original, questionable IC report, to newspaper articles. Mueller and Weissmann also knew over a year earlier that Trump had not colluded with Russia but they purposely held that information past the 2018 election.
Weissmann was always at the forefront of making the probe primarily about Trump, essentially running the investigation for a barely lucid Robert Mueller (who showed his lack of control and knowledge of his own case during his Congressional testimony). When a letter leaked contradicting AG Barr’s conversation with Mueller on the phone, that was almost certainly Weissmann’s work. It was reported at multiple mainstream media outlets that one of the team wanted to push the issue on Trump, even though the report didn’t establish guilt.
And just when Weissmann was about to face serious scrutiny, he retires and goes on cable news to get back slaps and be slobbered over by Nicole Wallace. Thus is the life of a dedicated “public servant.”