Andrew Weissmann, one of the top prosecutors for Robert S. Mueller III on the Russia investigation, is writing a book that will explore his work on the special counsel’s inquiry, according to a publishing executive with knowledge of the deal.
Mr. Weissmann appears to be the first prosecutor on the special counsel’s team to make a deal with a publisher, which makes the prospect of an insider account from him especially intriguing. His book was acquired by Random House, according to the publishing executive.
Multiple executives at Random House did not respond to requests for comment.
It is unclear how much detail Mr. Weissmann will provide about the inner workings of the investigation, and whether his book will provide any major revelations. Mr. Weissmann was central to building the government’s case against Paul Manafort, Mr. Trump’s former campaign chairman. He did not conduct the investigation into whether President Trump obstructed justice, according to people familiar with the structure of the Mueller team.
Mr. Weissmann’s book is likely to be a best seller, given the degree of public interest in the Russia investigation, and his position as one of the top prosecutors for Mr. Mueller. The 448-page Mueller report, which details the findings from the two-year investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election and potential obstruction of justice, became a best seller this spring after multiple publishers released paperback editions.
Mr. Weissmann is the latest former Justice Department official to land a major book deal, following best-selling memoirs by the former F.B.I. director James B. Comey and the former deputy F.B.I. director Andrew G. McCabe. Mr. Trump fired Mr. Comey in May 2017, prompting law enforcement officials to open an investigation into whether he was trying to obstruct the Russia inquiry.
Mr. Mueller ran a fastidiously leakproof legal team and remains something of a cipher. At a rare news conference last month, he expressed a desire to let his investigators’ report speak for itself and a reluctance to testify before Congress, so an account from Mr. Weissmann, one of his top deputies, is likely to be revelatory. There are also still broad questions about the team’s decision not to decide whether the president committed a criminal obstruction-of-justice offense, though Mr. Weissmann was not part of that process.
Over his decades-long legal career, Mr. Weissmann developed a reputation for his aggressive prosecutorial tactics, and for gaining defendants’ cooperation in complex cases involving organized crime and financial fraud. His most notorious targets included the Genovese crime family in New York and executives involved in the Enron accounting fraud scandal.
He has had setbacks. The Supreme Court unanimously overturned a conviction of Arthur Andersen, an accounting firm charged with illegally destroying documents related to its audit of Enron, over a narrow issue involving jury instructions. And his efforts to secure Mr. Manafort’s cooperation stumbled after Mr. Manafort violated his plea agreement by repeatedly lying to federal investigators, according to prosecutors.
Mr. Weissmann stepped down from the special counsel’s office this spring, shortly before the release of the Mueller report, and has returned to the faculty of N.Y.U. law school as a senior fellow with the school’s Center on the Administration of Criminal Law. He is scheduled to teach a seminar in the fall on national security law and policy.
Publishers have been paying hefty sums for memoirs and tell-alls from former administration officials with insight into the turbulent Trump White House and Justice Department, and have had some blockbusters as a result. Mr. Comey’s memoir, “A Higher Loyalty,” sold more than one million copies, and Mr. McCabe’s book, “The Threat,” became an instant best seller, reaching No. 1 on Amazon.
More books from former Justice Department officials are in the pipeline. Peter Strzok, a former F.B.I. agent who worked on the Russia investigation and the inquiry into Hillary Clinton’s private email server, is also working on a book about his experiences in the bureau, according to a person in the publishing industry with knowledge of his deal. Mr. Strzok became a frequent target of Mr. Trump’s ire at what he termed “the deep state,” and was fired last year after a Justice Department inspector general investigation revealed text exchanges where Mr. Strzok was critical of Mr. Trump.