Democrat’s house of cards is collapsing. Robert Mueller’s right-hand man and “pitbull” Andrew Weissmann is facing allegations he leaked information to reporters concerning the Russian collusion investigation, according to a Monday court filing.
Via The Western Journal: “Paul Manafort’s defense attorney Kevin Downing officially leveled the leaking allegation against key Mueller deputy Andrew Weissmann as part of a new legal offensive against Mueller’s indictment of Manafort, who served briefly as Trump’s campaign manager.
Downing charges that a flood of media leaks has prevented his client from getting a fair trial. Downing asked presiding federal Judge T.S. Ellis III on April 30 to convene a hearing on media leaks. The judge has yet to rule on the request.
In the latest filing, Downing charged that a senior Justice Department official — identified as Weissmann in exhibits attached to the filing — briefed Associated Press reporters in spring 2017, which led to four breaking stories about the government’s investigation into alleged Trump-Russian collusion and Manafort.
“There is strong evidence that the highest-level FBI and intelligence officials authorized leaks to the press and, in fact, leaked themselves,” Manafort’s filing asserted.
According to the filing, a “senior Justice Department prosecutor” met with the AP reporters “last spring to discuss an investigation into Paul Manafort’s financial records, a day before the wire service published a major exposé disclosing alleged money laundering made by the former and now-embattled Trump campaign chairman.” Manafort’s attorney’s finger Weissmann as the leaker to the AP meeting.
Downing reported in the filing that “the meeting did not go over well with FBI officials, who issued a complaint to the Justice Department suggesting that the attorney did not follow normal procedures for dealing with journalists.”
On May 14, Mueller personally rejected Manafort’s request for a hearing on media leaks, charging that the April 30 motion did not address any media leaks regarding secret grand jury testimony. However, they did not address leaks that disclosed internal deliberations by his staff or any other special counsel discoveries.
Weissmann was Mueller’s attorney on the ground who oversaw the pre-dawn raid on Manafort’s home.
Manafort’s lawyers claim the multitude of leaks coming from Mueller’s office “constitute outrageous government conduct intended to deprive Mr. Manafort of his Fifth and Sixth Amendment Constitutional rights to due process and a trial by an unbiased jury of his peers.”
They charge that Manafort could never get a fair trial due to the leaks.
“In light of the mass media coverage of these leaks in print, on television, radio and the internet, it seems unlikely that there is a jury questionnaire, instruction or change of venue that could cure the irreparable harm to Mr. Manafort’s Constitutional rights resulting from leaks by the highest-level government officials,” Downing wrote.”
Weissmann’s political loyalty has been scrutinized. Weissmann attended Hillary’s election night party in NYC and was caught praising then-acting Attorney General Sally Yates for defying President Trump’s travel ban. Yates was subsequently fired by President Trump for insubordination.
BREAKING: Congress investigating Mueller "pit bull" investigator Andrew Weissmann for media leaks. Weissmann held April 11 private presser w major media–week before CNN, WaPo,NYT reported FISA on Page bolstered by dossier
Weissmann attended Hillary's election night party in NYC
— Paul Sperry (@paulsperry_) January 29, 2018
We have known all along that someone has been leaking tidbits of the Mueller investigation to the press. This is criminal. Mueller’s entire team is full of Deep State liberal hacks who have been fiercely working to overthrow a duly elected president.
I did not think the stench from this witch hunt could get any worse. Someone should tell these agents at the FBI, that leaking classified information is a Felony. So, arrest the dirty cops and crooked lawyers at the FBI and DOJ.
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