Manhattan prosecutor joins special counsel's Russia probe

Manhattan prosecutor joins special counsel's Russia probe
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A federal prosecutor in Manhattan is joining special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerSenate Democrats urge Garland not to fight court order to release Trump obstruction memo Why a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel MORE's probe into Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Andrew Goldstein is departing as chief of the public corruption unit in Manhattan after serving in the role for roughly a year, The New York Times reported Friday.

The office is known for its work pursuing public corruption and white-collar crime cases.


Goldstein was a member of the prosecuting team that won the conviction of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Democrat, in 2015.

Goldstein, who departs the U.S. attorney's office for the Southern District of New York in early July, will be replaced by the deputy chief of the corruption unit, Tatiana Martins, the Times reported.

“The special counsel is lucky to be getting Andrew, and we are lucky to have Tatiana,” Joon Kim, the acting U.S. attorney in Manhattan, said in an email to his office this week, according to the Times.

President Trump has not named a successor to lead the U.S. attorney's office after he fired Preet Bharara in March when the longtime Manhattan prosecutor refused to resign.