Mueller team adds prosecutor specializing in cyber crime

Ryan Dickey, a veteran cyber crime prosecutor, has joined special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerAn unquestioning press promotes Rep. Adam Schiff's book based on Russia fiction Senate 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 MORE's team of investigators. 

A spokesman for the special counsel's office confirmed to The Hill on Wednesday that Dickey was assigned to Mueller's investigation in early November from the Justice Department's Computer Crime and Intellectual Property Section. 

The Washington Post first reported that Dickey had joined Mueller's team. 

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Dickey is the first known veteran prosecutor of cyber crimes to join the special counsel investigation, which is examining Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election and possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Moscow.

Mueller took over the law enforcement investigation in May, after President TrumpDonald TrumpStowaway found in landing gear of plane after flight from Guatemala to Miami Kushner looking to Middle East for investors in new firm: report GOP eyes booting Democrats from seats if House flips MORE fired FBI Director James ComeyJames Brien ComeyHow Biden should sell his infrastructure bill 'Finally, infrastructure week!': White House celebrates T bill Huma Abedin on bid for political office: 'I'm not saying no to anything' MORE. His team mostly consists of white-collar crime prosecutors and investigators.

Computer crimes, however, play a prominent role in Mueller's investigation, particularly because of cyber breaches that led to the release of a number of Democrats' emails during the 2016 campaign. 

The special counsel's probe has so far led to the indictments of former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortYellen should utilize the resources available before pushing new regulations Huawei paid Tony Podesta 0K for White House lobbying FBI agents swarm Russian oligarch's DC home MORE and his associate Richard Gates, who are facing charges of tax evasion, money laundering and failing to register as foreign agents, among other allegations.

The investigation has also led to guilty pleas from two former Trump campaign advisers, George PapadopoulosGeorge Demetrios PapadopoulosTrump supporters show up to DC for election protest Trump pardons draw criticism for benefiting political allies Klobuchar: Trump 'trying to burn this country down on his way out' MORE and Michael Flynn, who also served as the president's first national security adviser. Both admitted to lying to the FBI about their contacts with Russian representatives. 

Trump has repeatedly denied any wrongdoing or coordination with the Russians, and has called Mueller's investigation a "witch hunt" that has cast a shadow over his tenure in the White House.