Robert Mueller may be preparing to wind down the special counsel investigation into possible ties between the Trump campaign and Russia and hand off at least one prosecution following the probe’s conclusion.
The Washington Post reports that Mueller has added several prosecutors to his team, specifically assigned to the case against several Russian nationals charged in the alleged effort to spread disinformation using stolen identities during the 2016 election.
Mueller’s new additions will likely take over that case, which is expected to last longer than the probe into Russian collusion in the election. The Post reports that the new hires are the first indication of Mueller preparing for the end of his investigation.
Mueller’s indictment of 13 Russian nationals and organizations earlier this year is one of several that have been spawned by the ongoing special counsel investigation, including the indictments of former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort for bank fraud and lobbying violations as well as several other former Trump associates.
President Trump’s longtime attorney, Michael Cohen, also came under investigation this year following a referral from Mueller’s office, and now faces an investigation into possible campaign finance law violations and bank fraud.
The president and his allies have for months criticized the Mueller investigation, accusing the former FBI director of exceeding the scope of the intended investigation into contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia. None of the charges filed yet by Mueller’s prosecutors relate to election interference by U.S. citizens.
Manafort headed back to jail this month after a judge ruled that he had violated the terms of his bail agreement by allegedly attempting to tamper with a witness.