Robert Mueller’s hard-charging former “pit bull” Andrew Weissmann plans to participate in an upcoming fundraiser for Democrat presidential candidate Joe Biden, effectively ending his television career at NBC News. The network’s policy reportedly requires that employees avoid activities “that may create the appearance of a conflict of interest.”
“If the fundraiser goes forward, I’m withdrawing from MSNBC so I can be in compliance with their policy,” Weissmann told the Washington Free Beacon on Friday.
Weissmann joined MSNBC as a legal analyst in November, offering advice to House Democrats during their unsuccessful impeachment gambit against President Trump.
He told the Free Beacon that when he notified the network about his plan to headline the June 2 fundraiser for Biden, he understood that the activity was prohibited by his contract.
“I knew what I was getting into and what the consequences would be,” Weissmann said. “They wanted me to adhere to their policy.”
The Free Beacon had previously reported on Weissmann’s fundraising plans, noting that the political activity would have violated the network’s longstanding policies.
The decision to overtly campaign for Biden comes shortly after it was announced that Weissmann would be rejoining law firm Jenner & Block, where he was a partner before he was hired by the Department of Justice in 2011. He will take over the firm’s investigations division on July 1.
“It doesn’t get any swampier than this: trying to stage a partisan coup against the president and then raising money for his political opponent,” said Trump campaign spokesman Tim Murtaugh.
The “legendary prosecutor” is known for engaging in ruthless and unethical behavior in several high-profile cases at the Justice Department. Gen. Michael Flynn’s attorney Sidney Powell, in fact, made him the lead villain in her book “Licensed to Lie” and has labeled him “the poster boy for prosecutorial misconduct.”
Before he became Mueller’s top deputy in the special counsel investigation, Weissmann was involved with the corrupt, election-year Crossfire Hurricane investigation.
In 2018, DOJ official Bruce Ohr told a House task force investigating the Trump-Russia affair that in July of 2016, he met with Christopher Steele, the former British spy who wrote the discredited anti-Trump dossier for the opposition research firm Fusion GPS. By that time, Steele had completed a few installments of the dossier, including the salacious and never-verified sex allegations about Trump and prostitutes in a Moscow hotel.
Ohr testified that he relayed that information to Andrew McCabe, who was at the time the number-two man at the FBI, then-FBI lawyer Lisa Page, and top FBI agent Peter Strzok. Ohr said that he told three people at the DOJ, including Andrew Weissmann, who was already “working on some of these matters.”
Earlier this month, Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the top Republican on the House Intelligence Committee, vowed to pursue multiple new criminal referrals on members of the special counsel team.
“We’re looking at doing criminal referrals on the Mueller team, the Mueller dossier team, the Mueller witch hunt, whatever you want to call it. That’s where we are now in our investigation,” Nunes told Fox News’ Gregg Jarrett on May 13.
“We’re doing a large criminal referral on the Mueller dossier team that put together a fraudulent report — that knew there was no collusion the day that Mueller walked in the door,” said Nunes. “They set an obstruction of justice trap. There’s no doubt in my mind that we will make a conspiracy referral there.”
When he joined the MSNBC team last Fall, Weissmann was focused on the effort to oust President Trump from office. The impeachment hoax ultimately failed and now as the entire Russia hoax is completely unraveling and implicating many FBI/DOJ bad actors in the process. It’s no wonder that the “the poster boy for prosecutorial misconduct” is doing what he can to help get Biden elected.