By Tom Schoenberg, Bloomberg News
Special prosecutor Robert Mueller is bolstering his team of investigators probing possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia, adding a top Justice Department official overseeing active investigations into corporate fraud and foreign bribery, according to people familiar with the matter.
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The official, Andrew Weissmann, is the most senior government official to join Mueller, the former Federal Bureau of Investigation director who became special counsel on May 17, said two people, who asked not to be named discussing a personnel matter that hasn’t been made public. Mueller recently brought on Peter Carr, a veteran spokesman for the Justice Department, to deal with the news media. He also hired at least two lawyers from his former law firm, Wilmer Cutler Pickering Hale & Dorr LLP.
As the head of the Justice Department’s fraud section in the Obama administration, Weissmann’s specialties have included corporate wrongdoing and foreign corruption. He has overseen investigations into Volkswagen AG over diesel-cheating, global banks over market manipulation and Brazil’s state-owned oil company Petrobras over corrupt payments. He also started a pilot program that offered companies incentives to self-report possible violations of the Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, which prohibits bribing foreign officials.
Weissmann previously worked for Mueller as the FBI’s general counsel from 2011 to 2013. He also has experience with special investigations, having worked on and later managed the Enron task force during the George W. Bush administration.
Weissmann’s move leaves another senior leadership post open at the Justice Department, which still awaits appointments from Trump to lead its criminal and civil divisions. Weissmann was brought on in 2015 to run the fraud section under Leslie Caldwell, assistant attorney general for the criminal division during the Obama administration, whom he previously worked with on the Enron task force.
Weissmann didn’t immediately respond to messages seeking comment. Carr, the Mueller spokesman, and Wyn Hornbuckle, a spokesman for the Justice Department, declined to comment.
(A previous version of this story corrected Leslie Caldwell’s title.)
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