Officials inside the Justice Department are preparing for the special counsel, Robert S. Mueller III, to deliver his confidential report on the investigation’s findings to William P. Barr, the attorney general, according to multiple people inside the department who have been briefed on the planning. Mr. Barr will then summarize those findings and present them to Congress.
But the White House legal team and others have incorrectly predicted an imminent end to the investigation for more than a year. And Democratic lawmakers have vowed to obtain Mr. Mueller’s full report, no matter what Mr. Barr presents to them, guaranteeing that the submission of the report will not end debate over the Mueller inquiry and its findings. The House voted overwhelmingly on Thursday to pass a bipartisan resolution calling on Mr. Barr to release the full findings of the special counsel’s investigation to the public.
Mr. Weissmann, 60, has been considered a key player on Mr. Mueller’s team and one of its most aggressive prosecutors.
A graduate of Princeton University and Columbia Law School, Mr. Weissman previously worked as general counsel at the F.B.I. while Mr. Mueller was the director.
He gained a reputation as one of the most relentless prosecutors in the case against Enron, the energy company implicated in a widespread accounting fraud. Not only did he secure indictments of the company’s top officers, Kenneth L. Lay and Jeffrey Skilling, he also charged the wife of the company’s chief financial officer with tax fraud and won a case against Enron’s accounting firm, Arthur Anderson, which helped lead to the firm’s demise. The Supreme Court eventually overturned the decision in the Arthur Andersen case.
Within Mr. Mueller’s team, Mr. Weissmann maintained his own office, a sign of his seniority.
He helped construct the cases against Mr. Manafort, Mr. Trump’s former campaign manager, and Mr. Gates, who was Mr. Manafort’s business partner and later deputy on the Trump campaign.
Mr. Manafort was convicted on financial fraud charges stemming from his political consulting work in Ukraine and pleaded guilty to conspiracy and obstruction of justice in two separate court cases.
This Friday there will be a status hearing for Mr. Gates, whose sentencing has been delayed four times. He pleaded guilty to charges of financial fraud and lying to investigators and has been cooperating with the special counsel.