A prosecutor who is part of special counsel Robert Mueller’s team praised former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates after she refused to defend the Trump administration’s travel ban, according to an email released Tuesday.
Judicial Watch obtained the email from Andrew Weissman through a lawsuit, along with a slew of emails from other Justice Department officials.
“I am so proud. And in awe. Thank you so much. All my deepest respects,” Weissmann, who was serving as chief of the Criminal Fraud Section, wrote. The email was sent at 9:50 p.m. on Jan. 30, right after Yates was fired by Trump.
The Weissmann email comes after Mueller’s office confirmed one of its investigators, Peter Stzok, was removed from the probe after he sent anti-Trump messages to an FBI lawyer with whom he was having an extramarital affair.
Weissman joined Mueller's team, which is looking into Russian interference in the 2016 election, in June, having previously worked with him in 2011 in the FBI.
Yates, who was fired by President Trump for not standing by his controversial travel ban after becoming acting attorney general in January, also received praise from former attorneys from Maine, New Hampshire, and Michigan.
“AAG Yates, thank you, as always, for making us proud. It is truly an honor to work for you,” Emily Gray Rice, then the U.S. attorney for New Hampshire and an Obama appointee, said in an official email.
Jeffrey Clair, an attorney in the Justice Department’s Civil Division, wrote: “Thank you AG Yates. I’ve been in civil/appellate for 30 years and have never seen an administration with such contempt for democratic values and the rule of law. The President’s order is an unconstitutional embarrassment and I applaud you for taking a principled stand against defending it.”
Judicial Watch president Tom Fitton called the new Weissmann revelations an “astonishing and disturbing find.”
“Andrew Weismann, a key prosecutor on Robert Mueller’s team, praised Obama DOJ holdover Sally Yates after she lawlessly thwarted President Trump,” Fitton said in a statement. “How much more evidence do we need that the Mueller operation has been irredeemably compromised by anti-Trump partisans?”