Robert Mueller, the special counsel overseeing the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, recently impaneled a grand jury as part of the probe, the Wall Street Journal reported on Thursday.
The Wall Street Journal reported, citing two unnamed sources familiar with the matter, that the Washington, D.C. grand jury “began its work in recent weeks” and is separate from the one assisting with the probe into President Donald Trump’s former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. The impanelment of that jury predated Mueller’s appointment as special counsel.
The empanelment of a new, separate grand jury reflects the scope of Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the election and whether any members of Trump’s campaign colluded with Russia.
And we note that yesterday special counsel Robert Mueller hired his 16th shark, er, lawyer, Greg Andres. Andres was deputy assistant attorney general and he oversaw the fraud unit and went after illegal foreign bribery. Before that he was a federal prosecutor in Brooklyn for a decade.
Dude has chops.
Mueller’s assignment starts with investigating Russia’s influence on the 2016 elections, but specifically states that he can follow any leads he uncovers related to other crimes.
He has 16 prosecutors with extensive experience in money laundering cases and now has one who has a background in fraud and bribery, and as we noted above, impaneled another Grand Jury, so it kinda sounds like he’s found a lead.
Here is Mueller’s dream team (Trump’s nightmare team?), which may be one of the most high-powered team of prosecutors ever assembled:
|Name||Notes and Specialty|
|Greg Andres||Fraud, bribery|
|Peter Care||Public relations and the team spokesman|
|Michael Dreeben||Criminal law|
|Andrew Goldstein||Public corruption|
|Adam Jed||Attorney in DoJ Civil Division|
|Robert Mueller||Team leader and former FBI director with vast experience|
|Lisa Page||Organized crime|
|Elizabeth Prelogar||Russian-speaking former clerk to Justices Ginsberg and Kagan|
|James Quarles||Former Watergate prosecutor|
|Jeannie Rhee||White-collar crime|
|Brandon Van Grack||National security|
|Andrew Weissmann||Fraud, money laundering|
|Aaron Zebley||Mueller’s former chief of staff at the FBI|
|Aaron Zelinsky||Organized crime, civil procedure|
What is noteworthy is the emphasis on fraud, bribery, money laundering, public corruption, and white collar crime.
Notice what’s missing? There’s not a single lawyer on the list is an expert on cyber crime.