As Trump Intensifies Attack On Russia Probe, Mueller Makes Major Move In Response
As President Donald Trump continues his relentless effort to discredit the investigation into his campaign ties to the Kremlin, special Counsel Robert Mueller is reportedly hiring additional prosecutors to expedite the work on the expanding investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Several current and former U.S. officials said Mueller is adding prosecutors from U.S. attorney’s offices and the Justice Department headquarters, Bloomberg reported Thursday.
Mueller’s team, currently composed of 17 federal prosecutors, is handling a large amount of casework associated with the year-long investigation into Russian meddling and possible collusion with the Trump campaign.
The special counsel has already issued 20 indictments and secured five guilty pleas from individuals.
One of the most notable defendants is former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, whom Mueller hit with a superseding indictment last month.
Manafort and his longtime aide Konstantin Kilimnik were accused of trying to coach or prevent two witnesses from testifying.
A federal judge revoked Manafort’s bail and sent him to jail in June.
He is charged with multiple financial crimes, including obstruction of justice and conspiracy to obstruct justice.
The allegations came from Mueller’s investigation. Manafort has pleaded not guilty to all charges.
His trial is set to begin later this month.
Soloman Wisenberg, a former deputy independent counsel who investigated President Bill Clinton, told Bloomberg that Manafort’s trial will require “all hands on deck.”