One of former special counsel Robert Mueller’s top prosecutors urged Justice Department officials to consider refusing to cooperate with two politically charged investigations overseen by Attorney General William Barr.
Andrew Weissmann, a former Justice Department official who was known as Mueller’s “pit bull” during the Russia investigation, struck a sense of urgency in a New York Times op-ed on Wednesday, noting that there are 90 days until an election contest which will almost certainly pit President Trump against former Vice President Joe Biden.
He wrote, along with former Defense Department special counsel Ryan Goodman, that U.S. Attorney John Durham’s criminal inquiry into the Russia investigation and U.S. Attorney John Bash’s investigation into “unmasking” requests by Obama administration officials targeting Trump associates shows Barr is poised to “trample” written policy that no action be influenced in by politics and an unwritten norm urging officials to defer publicly charging or taking any other overt investigative steps or disclosures that could affect a coming election.
“Justice Department employees,” they wrote, “in meeting their ethical and legal obligations, should be well advised not to participate in any such effort.”
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