It has already become apparent that Special Counsel Robert Mueller is not fooling around when it comes to his job of investigating the Trump Campaign. He has already hired over a dozen of the best investigators and attorneys in the nation, which seems to have sparked even further outrage from the President.
As you likely are aware, prosecuting large conspiracies like the one that may have taken place within the Trump campaign, while possibly colluding with Russia, usually requires multiple witnesses flipping on each other. If no one talks, it becomes increasingly difficult to prove a conspiracy charge. Mueller, the former director of the FBI, clearly understands this, and thus has just hired a man named Andrew Weissmann.
Weissman, known for his time as head of the U.S. Justice Department’s criminal fraud section, has made a career out of getting witnesses to flip on one another. Weissman was instrumental in the investigation of Enron, which concluded with numerous executives being sent to prison for extended periods of time. He has also made a name for himself in Brooklyn, New York, where he successfully investigated multiple organized crimes. All of these cases relied heavily on Weissman’s witness-flipping experience and abilities.
As multiple individuals tied to the President begin hiring their own lawyers, now is likely the time that we could see friends, colleagues and even family members begin to turn on the President in an effort to strike a deal before they themselves are prosecuted for possible crimes. Michael Flynn has already reportedly offered to testify in exchange for immunity and it’s very likely that others will follow. Dealing with multiple witnesses, convincing them to provide ammunition in exchange for reduced sentences or immunity is something Weissman seems to accomplish with ease. If the President is guilty of any number of crimes, this man may just be his worst nightmare come true.
This hiring by Mueller could spark a race to talk, where multiple witnesses and those who may be under investigation themselves, all rush to be the first to strike a deal. In many cases similar to this one, the first ones to talk are the only ones who walk.