Here's the Latest Sign Mueller Probe May Be Wrapping Up

Top prosecutor Andrew Weissmann is leaving, sources say
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 14, 2019 10:15 AM CDT
Top Prosecutor Leaving Robert Mueller's Team
This courtroom sketch depicts Paul Manafort, center, and defense lawyer Richard Westling, left, before US District Judge Amy Berman Jackson, seated upper right, at federal court in Washington on Sept. 14, 2018, as prosecutors Andrew Weissmann, bottom center, and Greg Andres watch.   (Dana Verkouteren via AP)

A top prosecutor on Robert Mueller's team is stepping down from the special counsel's office and the Justice Department, the latest sign that the Russia probe may be nearing its end, NPR reports. Andrew Weissmann, who took the lead on Paul Manafort's prosecution, will go back to teaching at New York University and work on other projects, sources tell NPR and NBC News. The news comes amid other departures: the top FBI agent on the probe and another prosecutor recently moved on to new things, and the law firm that Mueller and some of the other prosecutors on the probe left when the special counsel team was created is preparing for some partners to return. Weissmann, who bore the brunt of conservative criticism of the team, was referred to as Mueller's "pit bull" in the Daily Caller and Breitbart stories about his departure. (More Robert Mueller stories.)

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