Solomon: How Mueller Deputy Andrew Weissmann’s Offer to an Oligarch Could Boomerang on DOJ

Ukrainian businessman Dmytro Firtash
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John Solomon writes in The Hill that, following Robert Mueller’s appointment as Special Counsel, his chief deputy offered legal protections to a Ukranian oligarch in exchange for dirt on Donald Trump:

The ink was still drying on special counsel Robert Mueller’s appointment papers when his chief deputy, the famously aggressive and occasionally controversial prosecutor Andrew Weissmann, made a bold but secret overture in early June 2017.

Weissmann quietly reached out to the American lawyers for Ukrainian oligarch Dmitry Firtash with a tempting offer: Give us some dirt on Donald Trump in the Russia case, and Team Mueller might make his 2014 U.S. criminal charges go away.

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At the time, pressure was building inside the DOJ and the FBI to find smoking-gun evidence against Trump in the Russia case because the Steele dossier — upon which the early surveillance warrants were based — was turning out to be an uncorroborated mess. (“There’s no big there there,” lead FBI agent Pete Strzok texted a few days before Weissmann’s overture.)

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