Special Counsel Robert Mueller who is leading the federal investigation into Russia’s alleged collusion with the Trump campaign and possible interference in the U.S. election recently hired a professional that should make Trump and his cronies nervous.
Mueller’s New Hire Is the Right Man for the Job
Former top DOJ official Greg Andres agreed to work with Mueller on the case about the potential collusion during last year’s presidential race. With Andres on board, Mueller now has 16 lawyers in his team. It is his resume that makes this attorney so special.
During the time he worked for the Justice Department, he served as deputy assistant attorney general in the agency’s criminal division. He was also in charge of the fraud unit and oversaw the program that tracked illegal bribery by foreign actors.
Andres’ qualifications should provide a hint to the direction Mueller’s investigation is heading. Being an expert in “illegal foreign bribery” is a reason for concern for Trump’s associates who include Paul Manafort, Trump’s former campaign manager that had to leave the team over his unusually close ties to a Russian-backed Ukrainian political party.
Mueller is reportedly looking for any financial ties between the Trump team and foreign governments. This means the FBI is looking for any stance of money laundering on and off the campaign trail among Trump’s associates.
Mueller May Expand Investigation
Investigators have already found some clues that the Trump campaign was associated with organized crime, which is a specialty for Andres. In 2005, he was closing in on a crime family so fast that they plotted to kill him. Luckily, the plot was uncovered in time and aborted.
The new hire is also a hint that Mueller plans to expand the investigation, so he needs more manpower.
“It’s an indication that the investigation is going to extend well into 2018,” Said Robert Ray who served as outside counsel for the Clinton-era Whitewater investigation.