Ranking member of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) hypothesized during an interview with Fox News that his and Rep. Mark Meadows’ (R-N.C.) letter to Attorney General Barr may have prompted the departure of two members of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s team.
While speaking to Fox News on Tuesday, Jordan — the top Republican on the House Oversight Committee — said that Justice Department prosecutor Zainab Ahmad “might have left” Mueller’s team because “the report is coming soon.”
He then speculated that his and Meadows’ letter earlier this month to Barr alleging that Ahmad and another prosecutor on Mueller’s team — Andrew Weissmann — “met with Bruce Ohr prior to the 2016 election” could have spurred the departure, as well.
“The reason Ms. Ahmad might have left is the fact that the report is coming soon. We all kind of suspect that it is. It also might be a letter that Mr. Meadows and I sent to Attorney General Barr just 19 days ago, on March 1.”
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Rep. @Jim_Jordan speculates that a top lawyer on Mueller's team left today because the investigation could soon end.
"It also might be a letter Mr. Meadows and I sent to AG Bill Barr just 19 days ago."
The letter, he explained, points out a bias against Trump at the DOJ. pic.twitter.com/BximWrpZ3l
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) March 19, 2019
Jordan went on to say that the congressmen’s letter also alleged that Ohr — a top Department of Justice official — had “conveyed to [Ahmad and Weissmann] that Christopher Steele, the author of the dossier, had talked to him” and that “Mr. Steele was desperate to stop Trump.”
Jordan added that his and Meadows’ letter possibly “had to do with [Weissmann and Ahmad] leaving.”
Ahmad left Mueller’s team earlier this week. Her departure, as well as Weissmann’s announcement that he would leave the investigation “in the near future” last week, have some speculating that the Trump-Russia investigation may be nearing its end.
Weissmann led the case against President Trump’s former campaign chairman Paul Manafort, who was sentenced to just over seven years in prison for fraud and conspiracy charges. He is expected to accept a position at the New York University School of Law.