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Washington Post: Mueller prosecutor says special counsel 'could have done more' in new book

September 22, 2020. Summarized by summa-bot.

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 24: Former Special Counsel Robert Mueller testifies before the House Intelligence Committee about his report on Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election in the Rayburn House Office Building July 24, 2019 in Washington, DC. Mueller testified earlier in the day before the House Judiciary Committee in back-to-back hearings on Capitol Hill. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

A former top lawyer on special counsel Robert Mueller's team writes in a new book that the group "could have done more" to hold President Donald Trump accountable, according to a forthcoming book obtained by The Washington Post.

Washington (CNN)A former top lawyer on special counsel Robert Mueller's team writes in a new book that the group "could have done more" to hold President Donald Trump accountable, according to a forthcoming book obtained by The Washington Post.

Prosecutor Andrew Weissmann -- who had spearheaded the prosecutions of former Ukrainian lobbyists and Trump campaign leaders Paul Manafort and Rick Gates -- writes in "Where Law Ends: Inside the Mueller Investigation," that he now wonders if the team had "given it our all," according to the Post.

"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," Weissmann writes, according to the Post.

During the investigation, Weissmann had secured both Gates' and Manafort's convictions and cooperation -- but Manafort lied to the grand jury and Mueller's team, leaving major questions still answered about why he shared American polling numbers with a Russian intelligence-connected associate working in Eastern Europe.

The Mueller investigation didn't charge any Americans with conspiracy in Russia's attempts to help Trump in 2016.

After documenting several episodes in which Trump attempted to end the investigation prematurely, Mueller declined to decide whether to charge him with obstruction of justice.

Weissmann took issue with Mueller's choice to not reach a conclusion on charging Trump, telling the Post in an interview, "I would have done it. "

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