Many were hoping that Mueller’s investigation into President Trump’s alleged collusion with the Russians in the 2016 presidential election is coming to an end since no evidence of collusion has ever been found. However, Mueller announced that makes it clear that the investigation is about to ramp big time.
According to The Washington Post , the special councel just added a veteran cyber prosecutor to his team and by doing it, she filled what has long been a gap in expertise and potentially signaling a recent focus on computer crimes. A spokesman for Mueller’s office stated that Ryan K. Dickey was assigned to his team in early November from the DOJ’s computer crime and intellectual-property section.
Dickey is the first member of the team that is publicly known and is specializing solely in cyber issues, while the rest of the investigators are mainly experts in a variety of white-collar crimes – fraud, money laundering and public corruption, even though the special councel also has appellate specialists and an expert in criminal law as well.
This takes place just after it was reported that Mueller has indicated to Trump’s legal team that his office will seek an interview with the president. There has been a discussion regarding this among Trump’s attorneys – how to avoid a sit-down encounter or to set limits on such a session. Robert Mueller brought up this potential meeting with the president while talking with the president’s lawyers, John Dowd and Jay Sekulow. On the meeting was present Mueller deputy James Quarles as well, the one that oversees the White House portion of the special counsel investigation.
According to someome close to the president, Robert Mueller may interview President Trump very soon on some limited portion of questions, possibly within the next several weeks:
“This is going much faster than anyone realizes.”
However, President Trump is rumored to be okay with giving an interview, as he thinks it would put to rest questions about whether his campaign actually colluded with the Russians in the 2016 election. In contrast, his attorneys are reluctant to let him sit down for open-ended, face-to-face questioning without clear parameters.
Mueller has even talked to the lawyers to see if if it is possible for our president to provide written answers to some of the questions as then-President Ronald Reagan did during the Iran-contra investigation, and about the obligation of Mueller’s team to demonstrate there is no other wahy for them to obtain the information they are seeking without interviewing the President.