Report: Robert Mueller hires top cybercrime prosecutor for possible indictments

January 12, 2018

Report: Robert Mueller hires top cybercrime prosecutor for possible indictments The White House / CCL

Robert Mueller added a specialist in cybercrime to his investigation, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

Ryan Dickey, a veteran cybercrime expert, was re-assigned to Mueller’s team of investigators from the Justice Department’s Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section in early November.

Robert Mueller is reportedly seeking to interview President Trump sometime in the coming weeks.

Cybercrime attorney hired

Dickey is the first cybercrime expert to join the investigation. Cybercrime is an important part of the investigation, which is looking into alleged Russian hacking that led to the release of Democrats’ emails in 2016.

Aside from hacking, the investigation is looking into whether Russia colluded with Trump’s campaign or transition team, as well as questions of whether Trump obstructed justice by firing James Comey. With Dickey, Mueller’s team now has 17 prosecutors.

Mueller has so far indicted four people close to Trump. Paul Manafort and Richard Gates have been indicted on charges unrelated to any Russian collusion, while campaign adviser George Papadopoulos and former national security adviser Michael Flynn have both pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI.

The “witch hunt” continues

President Trump on Wednesday called the investigation “the single greatest Witch Hunt in American history.”

Despite blasting the investigation as politically motivated, Trump has previously said that he is willing to sit down with Mueller and retire the investigation once and for all. His tone shifted again on Wednesday when he said he would “speak to attorneys” and “see what happens.”

Trump’s legal team is reportedly looking for a way to get Trump out of a face-to-face with Mueller.

Mueller’s investigation has come under scrutiny from Republicans for alleged bias among top-ranking officials and agents.

A steady trickle of evidence indicating anti-Trump bias arose late last year when it was revealed that Peter Strzok, an FBI agent assigned to both the Trump investigation and Clinton email probe, sent hundreds of anti-Trump text messages to Lisa Page. Page was Strzok’s extra-marital lover and an FBI lawyer.

Since then, a partisan battle has erupted between Democrats, who insist that the investigation is impartial, and Republicans, who charge the DOJ and FBI with miscarrying justice or even plotting an outright coup against the President.

The investigation has produced no evidence of collusion so far.

Matthew Boose

Matthew Boose is a staff writer for Conservative Institute. He has a Bachelor's degree from Stony Brook University and has contributed to The Daily Caller and The Stony Brook Press.