There may be much more to the high-level departures from Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigative team than the team is letting on, Republican Congressman Jim Jordan said during an interview with Fox News.
In the interview, Jordan told host Harris Faulkner that the attorneys may have been forced out after he and Republican Congressman Mark Meadows wrote a letter to Attorney General William Barr.
In the letter, the Washington Examiner reports the two Republican lawmakers alleged attorneys Andrew Weissmann and Zainab Ahmad had exhibited anti-Trump bias.
“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 said in the interview, as the Washington Examiner reports. “It also might be a letter that Mr. Meadows and I sent to Attorney General Barr just 19 days ago, on March 1.”
“We sent a letter pointing out that Andrew Weissmann, who is also leaving the special counsel, and Ms. Ahmad met with Bruce Ohr prior to the 2016 election,” Jordan continued. “And Mr. Ohr conveyed to them that Christopher Steele, the author of the dossier, had talked to him and he was conveying that information to both of the individuals who went on Bob Mueller’s team That Mr. 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.”
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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
The Washington Examiner adds:
The dossier, Jordan noted, was used in the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act warrant application process that led to the wiretapping of onetime Trump campaign aide Carter Page. GOP congressional investigators have determined that Steele’s bias against President Trump and his research’s Democratic benefactors were not conveyed to the FISA court.
Ahmad, the former assistant U.S. attorney of the Eastern District of New York who built a resume around prosecuting counterterrorism cases, was among the prosecutors handling former national security adviser Michael Flynn’s plea deal. Her departure was announced this week.
Weissmann’s departure was announced last week. He led the federal inquiry’s case against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who was sentenced to roughly seven and a half years in prison for conspiracy and fraud.
“Since beginning our investigation in October 2017, we have obtained evidence of political bias and self-described ‘unusual’ conduct within the Department raising questions about the independence of the Special Counsel’s Office. We learned several employees of the Special Counsel’s Office are affiliated with political opponents of President Trump,” the letter reads, as the Washington Examiner also reports.
Here’s the letter below: