A report from the Wall Street Journal first announced that Joe Biden’s campaign had canceled an upcoming fundraiser set to feature Andrew Weissmann, a former top prosecutor for Robert Mueller.
According to The Daily Caller, Weissmann was “supposed to headline a virtual fundraiser for the Biden Victory Fund on June 2,” but the former vice president’s campaign team pulled the plug last week.
It remains unclear if the event will be rescheduled.
“Doesn’t get any swampier than this”
Weissmann, who long served as a federal prosecutor in charge of the Justice Department’s fraud unit, gained an increased level of notoriety as former Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s so-called “pit bull” during the now-infamous Trump–Russia collusion investigation, which ended in no charges for the president, as The New York Times noted.
Now a paid analyst for MSNBC, Weissmann has clearly found a friend in Biden — a fact the Trump campaign has seized upon as evidence of potential conflict of interest in Mueller’s probe, as the Daily Caller noted.
An email last week from the Trump campaign, which was shared on Twitter by Politico reporter Betsy Woodruff Swan and cited by the Daily Caller, characterized Weissmann’s involvement in Biden’s fundraising efforts as evidence of “collusion at the highest level from the Deep State.”
“They’ve been trying to rig the system for years,” the email added, according to the Daily Caller. “It’s Joe Biden and the Deep State vs. you.”
According to The Hill, Trump campaign communications director Tim Murtaugh said much the same in a recent interview with Fox News.
“It’s no surprise that a guy who tried to take down the president through the sham impeachment would also help Joe Biden’s campaign,” Murtaugh said. “It doesn’t get any swampier than this: trying to stage a partisan coup against the president and then raising money for his political opponent.”
By the numbers
For his part, President Trump has out-fundraised Biden by nearly $100 million thus far — but the former vice president is catching up to the incumbent commander-in-chief on a month-to-month basis. According to an NPR report dated May 20, Trump had raised $16.9 raised in April to Biden’s $43.7 million.
Since January 2017, Trump has raised a total of $273.8 million toward his re-election effort, according to NPR. Biden has raised $178.4 million over the same period.
Only time will tell if the former VP’s current fundraising trend will continue — but with the election still six long months away, it seems it’s still anybody’s game.