Report: Mueller Hires Top Cyber Crime Prosecutor For Russia Investigation
Special Counsel Robert Mueller brought a veteran cyber crime prosecutor onto his Russia investigation team, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.
Attorney Ryan Dickey was transferred from his previous position at the Department of Justice’s (DOJ) computer crime and intellectual-property section in November, WaPo reported. Dickey is a veteran attorney who has helped the DOJ bag cyber criminals as recently as July 2017, when he got an Arkansas man to plead guilty to distributing illegal software to cyber criminals across the globe. Despite the expansion of Mueller’s team to 17 prosecutors, President Donald Trump maintains that the investigation is bogus.
“The single greatest Witch Hunt in American history continues,” Trump tweeted Wednesday. “There was no collusion, everybody including the Dems knows there was no collusion, & yet on and on it goes. Russia & the world is laughing at the stupidity they are witnessing. Republicans should finally take control!”
Mueller’s team has come under fire from Republicans with accusations of bias. Several of Mueller’s attorneys have previously worked for Hillary Clinton or the Clinton Foundation, and at least five others have a history of voting for Democratic causes. Most notorious was top FBI agent Peter Strzok, who was caught sending hundreds of anti-Trump text messages to FBI lawyer Lisa Page, who also worked for Mueller. Strzok was fired in August, but Mueller kept the texts secret until they were leaked in early December.
Now, Trump’s team is strategizing for a potential interview between the president and Mueller in the coming weeks. Trump’s legal team is hoping to avoid a sit-down interview with Mueller; rather, Trump’s lawyers have discussed the possibility of the president providing a sworn affidavit attesting that he was not involved in collusion during the campaign.
Mueller’s team is likely do everything it can to secure an face-to-face interview, according to Chuck Rosenberg, a former U.S. attorney who worked for Mueller when he served as FBI director.
“Prosecutors want to see and hear folks in person,” Rosenberg, who now works as an NBC News analyst, told the network.
“They want to probe and follow up. Body language and tone are important. And they want answers directly from witnesses, not from their lawyers,” Rosenberg added. “The odds of prosecutors agreeing to written responses are somewhere between infinitesimally small and zero.”
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