Former Trump Lawyer: Durham Should 'Take a Hard Look At' Top Mueller Prosecutor
'Mr. Durham ought to take a hard look at Mr. Weissmann’s conduct'
A former lawyer to President Donald Trump said the U.S. attorney conducting a criminal inquiry into the Russia investigation should take a look at one of special counsel Robert Mueller's top prosecutors.
Following Trump's decision to commute the sentence of prime 'Mueller target' Roger Stone, Weissmann tweeted that the longtime Trump associate should be put "in the grand jury to find out what he knows about Trump but would not tell."
Time to put Roger Stone in the grand jury to find out what he knows about Trump but would not tell. Commutation can’t stop that.— Andrew Weissmann (@AWeissmann_) July 11, 2020
John Dowd, who was Trump's attorney throughout the Russia investigation, rejected the suggestion.
“Weissmann and his dream team failed in their first attempt to manufacture a crime and want to further abuse the process when their sorry effort has been exposed,” Dowd told the Washington Times.
“The Stone indictment did not allege a crime by President Trump. So why further abuse the process except more sour grapes," he added.
"Mr. Durham ought to take a hard look at Mr. Weissmann’s conduct on the dream team.”
Attorney General William Barr appointed U.S. Attorney John Durham to oversee inquiries into whether crimes were committed during the Russian investigation.
Democrats widely blasted the move as a partisan effort to discredit Mueller's work.
In May, Durham drafted in additional prosecutors in his review of the origins of the investigation.
Jeff Jensen, the U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Missouri, is also helping with Durham’s investigation following the DOJ’s move last week to drop the case against Flynn in May.
Durham now at ‘Full Throttle’ Heads Will ROLL!— Neon Nettle (@NeonNettle) May 13, 2020
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Last year, Stone was convicted of lying to Congress, obstructing an investigation, and intimidating a witness.
The Trump ally was found guilty on five separate counts of lying to the House Intelligence Committee, as well as a further two more charges of obstructing a congressional investigation and intimidating a witness following a two-week trial.
The White House released a statement Friday announcing Trump had signed a grant of clemency, calling Stone a "victim of the Russia Hoax."
But without a pardon, Stone maintains his criminal record.
Weissmann, however, played an instrumental role in winning convictions against former Trump campaign officials Paul Manafort and Rick Gates.
Rep. Devin Nunes and other Trump allies raised concerns about Weissmann's meeting with Associated Press reporters in April 2017 to discuss the Manafort investigation.
Following Mueller's Washington Post op-ed defending the Russia investigation, it was later announced Weissmann would have a book coming out in September.
Last year, Mueller ended his two-year taxpayer-funded investigation, concluding that there was no criminal conspiracy between the Russians and the Trump campaign.