Top Justice official enlisted in Trump probe

FILE - In this June 19, 2013, file photo, former FBI Director Robert Mueller testifies on Capitol Hill in Washington. On May 17, 2017, the Justice Department said is appointing Mueller as special counsel to oversee investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

 

WASHINGTON (AP) — The former FBI director heading a probe into contacts between the Trump campaign and Russia has enlisted a top Justice Department official in the effort.

Special counsel Robert Mueller has appointed Andrew Weissmann to his team, a department official confirmed Wednesday.

Weissmann had been head of the criminal division’s fraud section since 2015. The longtime Justice official previously served as FBI general counsel under Mueller.

Weissmann began his career with Justice in 1991 at the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York. He later joined and ran the Enron Task Force.

The department official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to publicly announce the appointment.

— By Sadie Gurman

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