Andrew Weissmann, a top prosecutor from Robert Mueller's special counsel team, called out a New York Times story on the Russia investigation as “wrong.”
Fox News reports that Weissmann disputed a Times report that alleged that then-Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein limited Mueller's investigation on Twitter.
According to the article, Rosenstein prevented Mueller from looking into President Donald Trump’s financial ties to Russia. The newspaper reported that former law enforcement officials said Rosenstein secretly told Mueller not to look into the president’s monetary links to Russia without informing the FBI.
Weissmann, an Obama-era Justice Department official who became a manager on Mueller's investigation of the 2016 Trump campaign, disputed the report on Twitter Sunday night.
"NYT story today is wrong re alleged secret DOJ order prohibiting a counterintelligence investigation by Mueller, 'without telling the bureau,'" Weissmann tweeted Sunday night. "Dozens of FBI agents/analysts were embedded in Special Counsel's Office and we were never told to keep anything from them."
Weissmann also called out the newspaper's story for incorrectly reporting that Rosenstein concluded they lacked a good reason to probe Trump's personal ties to Russia.
To back up his argument, he cited the Justice Department's appointment order that named Mueller as special counsel. The ordered stated that Mueller was authorized to investigate "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump."
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