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Ex-Justice Dept. official joins special counsel team for Russia probe

Ex-Justice Dept. official joins special counsel team for Russia probe
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A former Justice Department official has joined 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 team as it investigates Russia's interference in the 2016 presidential election.

Greg Andres becomes the 16th lawyer to join the team, special counsel spokesman Joshua Stueve toldĀ Reuters, which first reported the addition on Tuesday.

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Andres most recently served at New York law firm Davis Polk & Wardwell specializing in white-collar criminal defense.

He previously served for more than a decade in public service, including as deputy assistant attorney general in the Justice Department's criminal division.

Mueller's team is probing ties between the Trump campaign and Russia, including possible collusion amid Moscow's attempt to swing the election in Trump's favor.