Special Counsel Robert Mueller seems to be changing his tactics in his Russia collusion investigation by bringing in experts in cyber-espionage, counter-intelligence, political corruption, and violent crime.
Mueller’s move comes after more than a year of investigation that has yet to bring any charges against the Trump campaign.
President Trump and many Republicans on Capitol Hill have contested that this is no more than a political “witch hunt” and that the investigation should be done by now.
Republicans have gone so far as to put pressure on the Department of Justice to wrap up the investigation. However, Mueller’s move to bring on more investigators indicates that he doesn’t see an end in sight.
However, Sol Wisenberg, who is a longtime Washington insider and worked on Ken Starr’s independent counsel investigation when Bill Clinton was under investigation, told The Daily Beast that the expansion of Mueller’s probe was to be expected.
“I don’t think it’s unusual at all,” he said. “That’s what happened with us. You get more cases or your cases become more complex, you need more prosecutors and you need more agents.”
“They wouldn’t bring them on if they didn’t need them,” he added. “They’re not bringing them on for grins. There’s work there that needs to be done or they would not be bringing them in.”
The Daily Mail lists some of Mueller’s shiny new hires, and what their area of expertise is.
Ryan Kao Dickey joined Mueller’s team a few months ago in November and has experience prosecuting cases involving hacking and cybercrimes.
Heather Alpino is a Harvard Law School-educated prosecutor and now part of DOJ’s National Security Division.
Jonathan Kravis worked in the White House Counsel’s Office during the Obama administration, will be assisting Dickey and Alpino.
To help prosecute Paul Manafort, Mueller has hired Uzo Asonye, an assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District of Virginia.
Kathryn Rakoczy is yet another federal prosecutor from the District of Columbia and has been added, though it’s unclear why considering her background as a specialist in violent crime cases.
Deborah Curtis, another prosecutor with experience in counter-espionage cases.