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Andrew Weissmann, Named as the Driving Force Behind the Mueller Witch Hunt, Has a History of Using His Office as a Weapon against Political Opponents



Sidney Powell is a former federal prosecutor and author of a book about Enron, the failed energy company. She explains how Andrew Weissmann, the second in command in the Mueller investigation, has a history of using the power of his office to destroy political opponents. Years ago, when Mueller was Director of the FBI, he chose Weissmann to head the Enron Task Force. Powell says Weissmann targeted the Arthur Anderson accounting firm, that employed 85,000 people, and smashed the company by falsely accusing it of destroying evidence and of committing a crime that does not exist. The Supreme Court unanimously overturned the case but, by then, the damage had been done. Powell says Weissmann intimidated witnesses by threatening indictments, created crimes that do not exist, and withheld evidence that could have aided the accused. Weissmann is accused of using the same tactics in the Mueller investigation against Trump. -GEG

FBI Director Christopher A. Wray
was an assistant attorney general in 2004 when he heaped praise on an
ambitious Mafia-tested prosecutor while promoting him to the top of the Justice Department’s high-profile Enron task force.

Mr. Wray specifically lauded Andrew Weissmann for obtaining convictions against two Enron clients: accounting giant Arthur Andersen and executives at banking dynamo Merrill Lynch.

Andersen was finished as a company; four Merrill executives went to prison.

Today, Mr. Weissmann stands as special counsel Robert Mueller’s top gun in a squadron of nearly 20 prosecutors and scores of FBI agents delving into TrumpRussia. Mr. Weissmann is leading the probe into the biggest target to date, Paul Manafort, President Trump’s onetime campaign manager.

How Mr. Weissmann operated over a decade ago offers possible glimpses at how he carries out orders today from his longtime mentor, Mr. Mueller.



He rode into Texas from New York City in 2002 fresh from putting a number of Mafiosos in prison.

By the time he left in 2005, he had rung up some impressive numbers,
such as 22 guilty pleas and millions of dollars in restitution. But he
also suffered historic courtroom losses. And how he won and how he lost
is still the subject of bitter comments from his adversaries in Houston.

“Do not misunderstand my disdain for him with
ineffectiveness or something not to be concerned with,” said Dan
Cogdell, who represented three Enron defendants. “He’s a formable prosecutor. If I’m Donald Trump and I know the backstory of Andrew Weissmann, it’s going to concern me. There is no question about it.”

The backstory: Defense attorneys say Mr. Weissmann bent or broke the rules. As proof, they point to appeals court decisions, exhibits and witness statements.

They say he intimidated witnesses by
threatening indictments, created crimes that did not exist and, in one
case, withheld evidence that could have aided the accused. At one
hearing, an incredulous district court judge looked down at an Enron defendant and told him he was pleading guilty to a wire fraud crime that did not exist.

Weissmann seemed more interested in obtaining convictions than in promoting justice,” said Tom Kirkendall, a Houston lawyer who represented an Enron executive.

Said Mr. Cogdell, a colorful courtroom
performer dubbed a “gunslinger” by the local press, “He’s the most
aggressive prosecutor I’ve ever been up against. He is, if not win at
all cost, he’s win at almost any cost.”

Those convictions for which Mr. Wray offered praise in 2004?

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller ‘Not Familiar’ with Fusion GPS, Which Produced the Steele Dossier, the Key Evidence for His Investigation


Former special counsel Robert Mueller appeared confused during his testimony before the House Judiciary Committee. He frequently asked for questions to be repeated and declined to answer over 100 times. He claimed he was ‘not familiar’ with Fusion GPS, an opposition research firm that produced the Steele Dossier for the Hillary Clinton campaign. That was the key ‘evidence’ used to initiate his investigation that cost at least $25-million in taxpayer money, and two and a-half years of time.

Congressman Louis Gohmert said that he believes Mueller’s performance was partially an act, designed to run out the 5-minute clock to avoid answering more questions. He says Mueller intentionally drew out the investigation to affect the 2018 midterm elections and that Mueller impeded justice by seeding the investigation with people who were biased against Trump. -GEG


SHOCKING:
Robert Mueller claims he’s “not familiar” with Fusion GPS, an
opposition research firm that worked for Russian clients and produced
the Steele Dossier for the Hillary Clinton campaign. https://t.co/iwo7R2PEme pic.twitter.com/OnGwv5qAlz— Trump War Room (@TrumpWarRoom) July 24, 2019

REP.
STEVE CHABOT (R-OH): Thank you. Director Mueller, my Democratic
colleagues were very disappointed in your report. They were expecting
you to say something along the lines of here’s why President Trump
deserves to be impeached, much as Ken Starr did relative to President
Clinton back about 20 years ago. Well, you didn’t, so their strategy had
to change.

Now they allege that there’s plenty of evidence in your report to
impeach the president, but the American people just didn’t read it. And
this hearing today is their last best hope to build up some sort of
groundswell across America to impeach President Trump. That’s what this
is really all about today.

Now, a few questions. On page 103 of Volume 2 of your report, when
discussing the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting, you referenced “the firm
in that produced the Steele reporting.” The name of that firm was Fusion
GPS. Is that correct?

ROBERT MUELLER, FORMER SPECIAL COUNSEL: And you’re on page 103?

CHABOT: 103, that’s correct, Volume 2. When you talk about the–the firm
that produced the Steele reporting, the name of the firm that produced
that was Fusion GPS. Is that correct?

MUELLER: I–I’m not familiar with–with that. I–could you–

CHABOT: –Let me just help you–

MUELLER: –Can you–

CHABOT: –It was. It’s not–it’s not a trick question or anything. It was Fusion GPS.
Now, Fusion GPS produced the opposition research document widely–widely
known as the Steele dossier. And the owner of Fusion GPA was someone
named Glenn Simpson. Are you familiar with that name?

MUELLER: This is outside my purview.

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