Special prosecutor Robert Mueller is bolstering his team of investigators probing possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, adding a top Justice Department official overseeing active investigations into corporate fraud and foreign bribery, according to people familiar with the matter.
The official, Andrew Weissmann, is the most senior government official to join Mueller, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director who became special counsel on May 17, said two people, who asked not to be named discussing a personnel matter that hasn’t been made public.
As the head of the Justice Department’s fraud section in the Obama administration, Weissmann’s specialties have included corporate wrongdoing and foreign corruption. 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. He also started a pilot program that offered companies incentives to self-report possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which prohibits bribing foreign officials.
Let me see — why would someone looking into Russian meddling into our elections need an expert in corporate and banking fraud? I can think of lots of reasons, none of which bode well for the Trump Crime Family. In fact, I’m going to bet we’ll get some angry tweets out of this, and I hope the government moves to pull Jared Kushner’s passport sooner rather than later.