Special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation faded into the background in recent weeks.
That’s because stories began to surface that Mueller turned up no evidence of Russian collusion.
And now Mueller was rocked by suffering the one loss he could not afford.
When will Robert Mueller wrap up his rigged witch hunt?
That question dominated Washington.
But the answer came into focus when top Mueller deputy Andrew Weissmann announced he was leaving the special counsel’s office.
Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s top deputy is leaving his post, adding to speculation that Mueller’s office is winding down its work.
Deputy Special Counsel Andrew Weissmann, who oversaw Mueller’s high- profile cases against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort, is expected to leave the office soon and take a teaching post at New York University this fall, according to a source familiar with the move.
The personnel move, first reported by NPR, is just the latest sign that the bulk of Mueller’s work may be over. A spokesman for Mueller’s office declined comment on Weissmann’s upcoming departure.
Mueller’s team, slowly shrinking over the last year, has been down to 12 prosecutors since December. At its peak, the special counsel had 17 lawyers plus Mueller himself working on its probe into Russian interference in the 2016 election.
This is a major loss for the special counsel’s team.
Weissmann is known as Mueller’s pit bull.
He is a highly partisan Democrat who critics often accuse of unethical prosecutorial conduct.
Weissmann bowing out is the surest sign yet that Mueller’s investigation is in its final stages.
We will keep you up-to-date on any new developments in this ongoing story.