Andrew Weissmann headed the Obama administration's Department of Justice Criminal Fraud Section. Weissman was knowledgeable of Deputy Assistant Attorney General Bruce Ohr's collusion with Christopher Steele and Glenn Simpson and did not report the illegal activity to his superiors as departmental regulations require. Weissman is now lead prosecutor in the Mueller investigation. Weissmann is suspected in illegal leaks from the Mueller probe.
Weissmann donated $2,300 to the Obama Victory Fund in 2008, $2,000 to the DNC in 2006 and at least $2,300 to the Clinton campaign in 2007. He was at Hillary Clinton headquarters on election night and is part of the anti-Trump Resistance.
In 2015 he headed the criminal fraud section at DOJ. Weissmann has taught at NYU School of Law, Fordham Law School, and Brooklyn Law School. On June 19, 2017 he joined the Mueller team in investigating the Russia collusion hoax. and jointly led the case against Paul Manafort and Rick Gates.
- Main article: Uranium One bribery scandal
Vadim Mikerin, director of Tenex, plea agreement shows that the Obama DOJ’s Fraud Section was then run by Andrew Weissmann.
The Justice Department instructs prosecutors that when Congress has given a federal offense its own conspiracy provision with a heightened punishment (as it has for money laundering, racketeering, narcotics trafficking, and other serious crimes), they may not charge a section 371 conspiracy. Section 371 is for less serious conspiracy cases. Using it for money laundering — which caps the sentence below Congress’s intent for that behavior — subverts federal law and signals to the court that the prosecutor does not regard the offense as major.
Yet, that is exactly what Rod Rosenstein's office did, in a plea agreement his prosecutors co-signed with attorneys from the Justice Department’s Fraud Section. (See in The Hill’s report, the third document embedded at the bottom, titled “Mikerin Plea Deal.”) No RICO, no extortion, no fraud — and the plea agreement does not to mention any of the extortions in 2009 and 2010, before Committee on Foreign Investment in the US approved Rosatom's acquisition of Uranium One. Mikerin just plead guilty to a nominal “money laundering” conspiracy charge, insulating him from a longer sentence. Thus, he got a term of only four years’ for a major national security crime.
- See also: Enron scandal
Weissmann prosecuted the Big 5 accounting firm Arthur Andersen LLP. Weissmann argued that Arthur Andersen had covered up for Enron and convinced the judge to instruct the jury that they could convict the firm regardless of whether its employees knew they were violating the law. That ruling was later overturned by the Supreme Court in a 9-0 ruling, in which the court held that "the jury instructions failed to convey the requisite consciousness of wrongdoing." 85,000 jobs were destroyed by indicting the whole company and not just its board of directors. Kathryn Ruemmler worked with Weissmann on the case.
Disgraced Deputy Asst. Attn. Gen Bruce Ohr informed Weissmann about his activities with Christopher Steele during the transition and after President Trump took office. Ohr made these internal disclosures before Weissmann joined special counsel Robert Mueller's probe began. The Mueller Team has known of Ohr's involvement with the Steele dossier hoax from the start of the special counsel formal investigation.
- Steele had been fired as a source and ordered not to gather any intelligence for the FBI. Peter Strzok and Lisa Page recruited Ohr as a conduit to circumvent FBI regulations which barred Steele as unreliable and for violating FBI regulations. Ohr shared the fact that he was part of a conspiracy violating the FBI's own rules, personally benefitting financially from the illegal activity, and committing fraud against the judicial system.
- Press release: Andrew Weissmann Selected as Chief of Criminal Division's Fraud Section. U.S. Department of Justice (January 9, 2015).
- Karen Freifeld. Mueller team lawyer brings witness-flipping expertise to Trump probes Reuters. June 19, 2017
- Andrew Weissmann, Mueller’s Legal Pit Bull. Retrieved on December 11, 2017.
- Tom Schoenberg. Trump-Russia: senior US justice official Andrew Weissmann joining investigation. Sydney Morning Herald, June 1, 2017.
- "Mueller deputy Andrew Weissmann has a reputation for hard-charging tactics — and sometimes going too far", Los Angeles Times, 19 February 2018.