“As proud as I am of the work our team has done – the unprecedented number of people we have indicted and convicted, and the record speed for similar investigations – I know the difficult answer to this simple question: we could have done more,” writes Weissmann, according to the Post.
CNN hasn’t viewed a copy of the book. A representative from Müller declined to comment.
According to Weissmann, the special envoy feared an outrage on the part of the president, and as a result, “we still do not know whether there are other financial ties between the president and the Russian government or the Russian oligarchs.”
“We do not know if he paid bribes to foreign officials to ensure favorable treatment of his business interests. This is a possible violation of the Foreign Corruption Practices Act that would leverage the president,” the books said Post Office. “We don’t know if he had other Russian deals in the works at the time he ran for president, how they might have supported or restricted his campaign, or whether they will continue to influence his presidency.”
During the investigation, Weissmann had secured both Gates and Manafort’s conviction and collaboration – but Manafort lied to the grand jury and Mueller’s team, leaving important questions unanswered as to why he shared American dialing numbers with a Russian intelligence official working in Eastern Europe.
Mueller also never summoned Trump for testimony, but accepted written answers that put even more questions to the Mueller team. After documenting multiple episodes in which Trump attempted to end the investigation early, Mueller declined to decide whether he should be charged with obstruction of justice. Attorney General William Barr and other Justice Department leaders have decided not to charge the President.
Weissmann questioned Mueller’s decision not to draw a conclusion about the charges against Trump, telling the Post in an interview, “I would have done it.”
“I told him why I did this,” he said.
CNN’s Katelyn Polantz contributed to this report.