Posted by Curt on 8 December, 2017 at 11:10 am. 2 comments already!


Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion:

One of the top attorneys working with special counsel Mueller in the Russia investigation attended Hillary’s election night party, reports the WSJ.

Buried in the report (emphasis mine):

At a House Judiciary Committee hearing on Thursday, Republicans focused on Mr. Strzok and Mr. Weissmann, who sent an email to former acting attorney general Sally Yates the night she was fired applauding her decision to instruct Justice Department lawyers not to defend Mr. Trump’s initial travel ban.

“I am so proud,” Mr. Weissmann wrote in the subject line of an email, which was released by the conservative group Judicial Watch. Mr. Weissmann also attended Hillary Clinton’s election-night party at the Jacob K. Javits Center in New York, according to people familiar with his attendance.

At the time, Mr. Weissmann was running the Justice Department’s fraud section, which is a senior career post within the agency. In his current role, Mr. Weissmann has been leading the case against Paul Manafort, the former Trump campaign chairman, and Rick Gates, a campaign aide. Both men have been indicted on lobbying and financial crimes, charges they deny and which aren’t related to the Trump campaign.

According to the WSJ, “Federal law prohibits the Justice Department—which includes the special counsel’s office—from using political or ideological affiliations to assess applicants for career positions in the agency. Employees are also allowed to express opinions on political subjects privately and publicly, as long as they aren’t in concert with a political party or candidate for office.”

That’s not to say one can’t be objective beyond their political ideology, but it certainly taints the argument that Mueller’s Russian investigation remains focused and apolitical.

Earlier this week, Professor Jacobson outlined the litany of oddities in the Mueller investigation (a must read) and concluded:

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