A prosecutor who now serves as Robert Mueller’s deputy on the Russia probe praised former DOJ official Sally Yates when she refused to enforce the president’s travel ban earlier this year, according to Fox News.
“I am so proud,” Andrew Weissmann wrote in the subject line of an email to Yates in January of 2017. “And in awe. Thank you so much. All my deepest respects,” he said.
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The disclosure follows confirmation that another Mueller investigator, FBI official Peter Strzok, was fired over the summer after allegedly sending anti-Trump texts to an FBI lawyer with whom he was romantically involved.
His alleged actions revived concerns about the objectivity of the FBI probes of both Hillary Clinton’s email setup and Russia election meddling.
Judicial Watch is the government watchdog group that obtained the new email.
Tom Fitton, the president of the organization, called the email “astonishing and disturbing.”
“Andrew Weisman, a key prosecutor on Robert Mueller’s team, praised Obama DOJ holdover Sally Yates after she lawlessly thwarted President Trump,” he said in a statement. “How much more evidence do we need that the Mueller operation has been irredeemably compromised by anti-Trump partisans?”
The email was sent while Weissmann was still working for the DOJ’s criminal department, prior to his appointment to the special counsel’s probe.
He sent the email on January 30, shortly after Yates was fired from her job.