Head of the Department of Justice’s fraud unit, Andrew Weissmann, is reportedly joining newly appointed special counsel Robert Mueller’s team conducting the probe into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia.
Citing to two sources who spoke on condition of anonymity, Bloomberg reports that Weissman is joining Mueller, making him the most senior government official to become part of that team. Mueller has already brought on Peter Carr, an experienced spokesperson for the Justice Department in order to deal with the press. He has also already hired at least two of the lawyers from his former law firm, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr, LLP.
According to Bloomberg, “Weissmann’s specialties have included corporate fraud and foreign bribery. For two and half years, he has overseen investigations into Volkswagen AG over diesel-cheating, global banks over market manipulation and Brazil’s state-owned oil company Petrobras over corrupt payments.”
Weissmann is a former colleague of Mueller’s having worked as the FBI’s general counsel from 2011 to 2013.
While the move introduces significant and immediate fire power into the Mueller team, it creates yet another void in the already ailing Justice Department which is still awaiting Trump appointments for the 93 U.S. attorney positions around the country and leadership for its criminal and civil divisions.