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Aggressive Fraud Section Chief Ups Ante In Russia Probe

Law360, New York (June 1, 2017, 11:17 PM EDT) -- With the addition of outgoing Justice Department official Andrew Weissmann, the independent probe into President Donald Trump’s ties with Russia gained an ex-prosecutor described by former colleagues as a smart and zealous advocate whose strong opinions sometimes put him at odds with others.

The U.S. Department of Justice confirmed Wednesday that Weissmann will step down from the Fraud Section to assist Robert Mueller, the former FBI director and WilmerHale partner, in the newly created Office of Special Counsel. The news elicited mixed reactions among Weissmann's former...
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