Paul Manafort’s attorney has suggested that a key Mueller Deputy is leaking information to the media concerning the Russian collusion investigation.
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 Paul 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 attorneys finger Weissmann as the leaker to the AP.
Weissmann’s political loyalty has been scrutinized. He “attended Hillary Clinton’s election-night party at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York,” according to The Wall Street Journal, for example.
The lawyer also supported acting Attorney General Sally Yates’ opposition to Trump’s initial immigration ban.
“I am so proud,” Weissmann wrote about Yates in an email the conservative group Judicial Watch uncovered. “And in awe. Thank you so much.”
Well there you have it folks. Now we’ll have to wait and see what happens with this guy. But something tells us he won’t be working for Mueller much longer.