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Former Mueller prosecutor says in book, 'We could have done more'
A prosecutor who served on former special counsel Robert Mueller's team writes in his forthcoming book that the group could have done more in investigating President Trump, The Washington Post reported Monday, citing excerpts of the book.
"As proud as I am of the work our team did - the unprecedented number of people we indicted and convicted and in record speed for any similar investigation - I know the hard answer to that simple question: We could have done more," Andrew Weissmann reportedly writes.
"Where Law Ends: Inside the Mueller Investigation" is set to be released Sept. 29, according to its Amazon page. Weissmann served as a lead prosecutor in Mueller's special counsel office. He teaches criminal and national security law at the New York University School of Law and is a partner at the firm of Jenner & Block. He is also a legal analyst for MSNBC.
Weissmann's book is described on Amazon as the "first and only inside account of the Mueller investigation." Mueller and his team were tight-lipped throughout the two-year investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.
Weissmann reportedly writes about his frustration that the special counsel did not subpoena the president and says that the group should have stated explicitly that they believed the president obstructed justice. Mueller ultimately drew no conduction on whether Trump obstructed justice.
The Justice Department maintains that a sitting president can not be indicted.
Weissmann also reportedly writes that the group failed to fully investigate Trump's financial ties.
"We still do not know if there are other financial ties between the president and either the Russian government or Russian oligarchs," Weissmann writes, according to the post. "We do not know whether he paid bribes to foreign officials to secure favorable treatment for his business interests, a potential violation of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act that would provide leverage against the president. We do not know if he had other Russian business deals in the works at the time he was running for president, how they might have aided or constrained his campaign, or even if they are continuing to influence his presidency."