Jason Weinstein, former deputy assistant attorney general of the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ) criminal division and a former federal prosecutor, has joined Steptoe & Johnson as a partner. He will be a member of both the firm’s white-collar and criminal defense practices, a firm news release advised.
What the release doesn’t mention is that Weinstein’s career at DOJ was derailed when he got caught up in Fast and Furious — the gun-tracking program that went seriously awry — and became a target of criticism by Darrel Issa and DOJ’s inspector general.
The IG’s report didn’t call for Weinstein to resign and Lanny Breuer urged him to stay on the job, but Weinstein resigned, saying he didn’t want to be a distraction to the department and needed the freedom to clear his name.
The partner he’ll be working closely with at Steptoe is Reid Weingarten, an old buddy of Weinstein’s former boss, Attorney General Eric Holder.