Hmmmm: "Major staff shakeup" in Mueller probe

Elias Hubbard
August 17, 2017

A spokesperson for Mueller's office declined to comment on Strzok's departure.

ABC News first reported the "hitch" in Mueller's investigation Wednesday afternoon, but a number of news outlets quickly expanded on its coverage.

Special counsel Robert Mueller's team investigating Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election has lost one of its top FBI investigators.

Peter Strzok, a bureau veteran who spent most of his career working on counterintelligence cases, was brought onto the case in mid-July.

Before joining Mueller's team just four weeks ago, Strzok was chief of the FBI's counterespionage section. It is unclear why Strzok made a decision to leave Mueller's probe. Last week, Mueller's team executed a search warrant at President Trump's former campaign manager's Virginia home. According to ABC, he now works in the FBI's human resources department and it is unclear as to why he left the special counsel's investigation. Unless working HR legal issues was a childhood/law-school dream for Strzok, this looks like a demotion, and not just an issue with the probe itself. Given the nature of the probe, one would have to assume that this decision involved not just Mueller, but also recently confirmed FBI Director Christopher Wray and deputy AG Rod Rosenstein.

CNN reported last month that Strzok also helped start up the FBI investigation into possible campaign collusion.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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