Mueller’s mob buster

New York Post - - NEWS - Bob Fredericks

A vet­eran fed­eral pros­e­cu­tor who nailed mob boss Vin­cent “The Chin” Gi­gante and has a tal­ent for per­suad­ing wit­nesses to rat out their pals has joined the team of spe­cial coun­sel Robert Mueller as it probes the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion’s Rus­sian ties.

An­drew Weiss­mann is best known for prose­cut­ing or­ga­nized­crime cases in Brooklyn as well as the En­ron fraud case — which all de­pended on get­ting un­co­op­er­a­tive wit­nesses to spill their guts.

In 1997, he and trial part­ner Ge­orge Stam­boulidis brought down Gi­gante with the help of turn­coat wit­nesses.

“The only way you can make those cases is to get peo­ple to co­op­er­ate, even when the oath of omerta was strong and in full play,” Stam­boulidis told Reuters.

Se­cur­ing the co­op­er­a­tion of peo­ple close to Trump could be im­por­tant for the Mueller probe.

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from USA

© PressReader. All rights reserved.