Zainab Ahmad and Andrew Weissmann — two top prosecutors on Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team — have left the team in recent days, sparking speculation that the Russia probe is wrapping up. One Republican congressman, however, thinks something else may have prompted their departures.
On Fox News Tuesday, Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) speculated that a letter he and Rep. Mark Meadows (R-N.C.) sent to Attorney General William Barr on March 1 may have prompted the pair’s departures.
In the letter, Reps Jordan and Meadows questioned the independence of Ahmad and Weissmann, pointing out that both were involved in discussions with DOJ official Bruce Ohr as he transferred unverified anti-Trump dossier material from Fusion GPS into the FBI and DOJ.
In 2016 and 2017, Ohr kept top officials at both the FBI and Department of Justice apprised of his conversations with Christopher Steele, both before and after Steele was fired as an informant.
“The reason Ms. Ahmad might have left is the fact that the report is coming soon. We all kind of suspect that it is,” Jordan told Fox News host Harris Faulkner. “It also might be a letter that Mr. Meadows and I sent to Attorney General Barr just 19 days ago, on March 1.”
According to Jordan, Ohr told House investigators that he warned Ahmad and Weissmann in August 2016 that Steele was “desperate to stop Trump.”
“We pointed it out. Maybe that had to do with them leaving him as well. I don’t know,” Jordan said.
Rep. @Jim_Jordan speculates that a top lawyer on Mueller's team left today because the investigation could soon end.
"It also might be a letter Mr. Meadows and I sent to AG Bill Barr just 19 days ago."
The letter, he explained, points out a bias against Trump at the DOJ. pic.twitter.com/BximWrpZ3l
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 19, 2019
In a tweet on Wednesday, Jordan pointed out that this key information was left off the FBI’s Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant application to wiretap one-time Trump campaign aide Carter Page.
Ahmad AND Weissmann leaving the Mueller team.
We sent a letter to AG William Barr on March 1st outlining that Bruce Ohr told them both in August 2016 that Chris Steele was “desperate to stop Trump.”
But the FBI didn’t tell the FISA Court this critical information.
— Rep. Jim Jordan (@Jim_Jordan) March 20, 2019
If the Special Counsel probe was an honest and upright endeavor, what were these two highly conflicted individuals doing on it?
Perhaps the Special Counsel investigation was never anything but a continuation of the corrupt FBI/DOJ operation that began in 2016 to stop Trump?
Over time evidence has surfaced showing how a small group of approximately eighteen officials within the DOJ and FBI worked in concert with media and political operatives to target Trump for the benefit of candidate Hillary Clinton.
In the aftermath of the 2016 election, this same small group manipulated the offices of the DOJ and FBI to get Special Counsel Robert Mueller appointed by Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein.
Mueller did not select his team; the small group of corrupt officials selected him. The appointment of Mueller was necessary for the group to protect themselves, and advance their ongoing political interests.
Andrew Weissmann and Zainab Ahmad are part of that DOJ small group who transferred into the Mueller probe. In essence they, along with others, protected exposure of their own corrupt and highly unlawful conduct.
“Zainab Ahmad has concluded her detail with the Special Counsel’s Office but will continue to represent the office on specific pending matters that were assigned to her during her detail,” SCO spokesman Peter Carr said in a statement Monday.
The Justice Department confirmed last week that Mueller’s “pit bull” Weissmann is planning to leave Mueller’s team “in the near future” and is expected to work at the New York University School of Law.