Elder Patriot| Congressional Republicans Mark Meadows and Jim Jordan, perhaps buoyed by the presence the new Attorney, General William Barr, have sent a letter asking the DOJ to release documents and communications, as well as requesting answers to multiple and detailed questions about Andrew Weissmann and Zainab Ahmad.
Both Weissmann and Ahman were high-ranking Justice Department officials during Operation Hurricane Crossfire and both are now with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team. Weissmann has earned the distinction of being Mueller’s pit bull.
According to then-Assistant Attorney General Bruce Ohr’s Congressional testimony he briefed both Weissmann, then the head of DOJ’s fraud section, and Zainab Ahmad, a terrorism prosecutor who, at the time, was assigned to work with Lynch as a senior counselor, along with a number of other FBI and DOJ officials, about the high potential for bias that existed in the Steele dossier, months prior to the 2016 election.
Ohr testified that he used the meetings to warn them about the veracity of the contents of Steele dossier.
During his testimony, Ohr said he stressed during the 2016 meetings — many of which took place before the Page surveillance warrant was obtained — the potential bias and conflicts associated with Steele and the dossier, which was commissioned by the Democratic National Committee and Clinton campaign and handled by opposition-research firm Fusion GPS. The surveillance warrant application drew on the unverified Trump dossier.
As far as we know, Ohr’s warnings were never revealed to the FISA court, however.
Now Meadows, the ranking member of the Subcommittee on Government Operations, and Jordan, the ranking member on the House Oversight Committee, want to know whether Weissmann and others, ignored Ohr’s warnings.
They sent a letter to Attorney General William Barr requesting documents that might hold the answers to their questions.
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The Republican lawmakers are specifically looking for all information regarding “actions taken or not taken” by Weissmann of Ahmad following their meeting with Bruce Ohr.
Writing in response to the revelations contained in Bruce Ohr’s recently released testimony about the need to corroborate the Steele dossier before presenting it as evidence, Jordan and Meadows wrote:
“This development raises questions about the impartiality and independence of Weissmann and Ahmad as senior members of the Special Counsel investigation. We write to determine what steps both Weissmann and Ahmad took to apprise Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller III and the Justice Department of their contacts with Ohr and the substance of those meetings before their assignment to the Special Counsel’s office.”
Meadows and Jordan’s concerns are well founded. In October 2017, we noted Weissmann’s penchant for prosecutorial overreach was likely one of the reasons for his inclusion on the special counsel’s team.
Perhaps even more concerning, and more relevant to what we’ve come to know as the special counsel investigation has dragged on, is Weissmann’s penchant for hiding exculpatory evidence during his years as a prosecutor.
The omission of exculpatory evidence, such as the funding of the dossier by the DNC and Hillary Clinton’s campaign, is evident throughout the FISC application.
Jordan and Meadows are asking AG Barr for all documents that might speak to how the Department of Justice and special counsel possibly handled the situation and if Weissmann and Ahmad disclosed their meeting with Ohr.
Citing the Justice Department’s mission to “ensure fair and impartial administration of justice” and noting that “The Supreme Court has advised that federal prosecutors are ‘not of an ordinary party to a controversy, but of a sovereignty whose obligation to govern impartially is as compelling as [their] obligation to govern at all,’ Weissmann’s and Ahmad’s receipt of biased information before their appointment to the Special Counsel’s Office puts into question their impartially, the very reason for establishing an independent Special Counsel investigation.”
The Republican lawmakers wrote to Barr:
That date for Barr’s response passed yesterday but it doesn’t mean that the attorney general is ignoring their request as Rod Rosenstein did. Barr may yet fulfill it directly or he may choose to take the request under advisement for consideration by his prosecutors, or both.
Note: To the best of our knowledge there has been no formal “investigation” launched, when we say “… Begin Investigation Into Mueller’s “Pit Bull” Andrew Weisman … ” in the title, we are referring to their request for documents, and answers regarding Weisman’s actions.