Weissmann Where Law Ends

Inside-the-Mueller-InvestigationWhere Law Ends:

Inside the Mueller Investigation 

Andrew Weissmann

Andrew Weissmann spent over a decade as as an Assistant US Attorney for the Eastern District of New York working on cases involving members of the Genovese, Columbo and Gambino crime families. He also headed up the task force investigating the Enron scandal. He spent over a decade as the General Counsel of the Federal Bureau of Investigation followed by a two year stint heading up the Department of Justice's Criminal Fraud Division. Following that experience he joined the Mueller investigation as a lead prosecutor. In Where Law Ends: Inside the Mueller Investigation Weissmann gives us the inside scoop. We learn a lot about the life of an investigation and trial and he gives us what drives the people involved. Weissmann is no fan of Comey's - he thought he overstepped his bounds on the October surprise that drained the energy out of Hillary Clinton's support and he disagreed with his statement on the investigation. Weissmann is even less of a fan of Trump's. He believes that Trump's firing of Comey was an attempt to hinder the power of the justice system for Trump's personal benefit. Trump's flaunting of his pardon power also reduced the investigation's effectiveness. Weissmann describes in detail the degree to which Trump distorted the investigation, reveals the fear throughout the investigation that Trump would kill it and discusses the steps the investigators took to protect their findings if they were suddenly shut down. This pressure from the President made the investigation more timid. Weissmann argues against Mueller's opinion that they could not indict a sitting President. Based on the investigation he argues that there is no denying that Trump sought help from Russia and that Russia was willing to provide it. As the investigation progressed the investigators developed the feeling that Trump was developing the qualities of Louis XIV - 'L'etat c'est moi' (the State is Me). He argues that the failure to restrain this President gives him the feeling that he can do whatever he pleases. Weissmann thinks the final report should have been more forceful and he tears apart Attorney General Barr's treatment of the report and describes it as a total gut punch. Weissmann thinks the entire Special Council process is flawed - putting it under the Department of Justice makes the investigation to vulnerable to outside pressure. He believes that the failures of the Mueller report make a case for allowing the National Intelligence Community and Congress to appoint Special Counsels. Weissman concludes by pointing out that Trump's claim that the report is a total exoneration and that there is no collusion when Trump refused to be interviewed and used his pardon power to discourage key witnesses from cooperating with the investigation. Weissmann concludes that: "Our country is now faced with the problem of a lawless White House, which addresses itself to every new dilemma or check on its power with a belief that following the rules is optional and that breaking them comes at minimal, if not zero, cost." This is a very important book. Weissmann introduces his book with a quote from John Locke "Wherever law ends, tyranny begins." He makes a strong case that we are very near the end of law and the beginning of tyranny and the time is now to do something about it. Buy this book. Read it.

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