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Two prosecutors leaving Mueller team

Two prosecutors leaving Mueller team
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Two Justice Department prosecutors assigned to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert (Bob) MuellerWhy a special counsel is guaranteed if Biden chooses Yates, Cuomo or Jones as AG Barr taps attorney investigating Russia probe origins as special counsel CNN's Toobin warns McCabe is in 'perilous condition' with emboldened Trump MORE's ongoing investigation are leaving the office to return to previous postings.

Peter Carr, a spokesman for the special counsel's office, confirmed in an email to The Hill that Kyle Freeny and Brandon Van Grack are leaving the probe.

The two prosecutors had worked on the criminal cases involving former Trump campaign chairman Paul ManafortPaul John ManafortThere was Trump-Russia collusion — and Trump pardoned the colluder Treasury: Manafort associate passed 'sensitive' campaign data to Russian intelligence Hunter Biden blasts Trump in new book: 'A vile man with a vile mission' MORE, Carr added.

Van Grack recently left the probe to return to the agency's national security division, while Freeny will remain on until mid-October before returning to the agency's criminal division.

Carr said Van Grack will continue to contribute to the special counsel investigation "on specific pending matters that were assigned to him during his detail."

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The spokesman told CNN that the prosecutors' return to previous postings were not a result of disciplinary measures.

The investigation reached a new milestone last month with an agreement from Manafort to plead guilty ahead of a second trial in Washington, D.C., to numerous criminal charges surrounding his lobbying work in Ukraine and subsequent efforts to launder money through foreign bank accounts.

Manafort is set to be sentenced later this year as part of his trial in Virginia, where a jury convicted him on eight counts. Former national security adviser Michael Flynn, who pleaded guilty in 2017 to lying to the FBI about his contacts with Russian Ambassador Sergey Kislyak during the presidential transition, is also slated to be sentenced later this year.

BuzzFeed News reported in late September that Mueller's team is still investigating millions of dollars in payments made between two organizers of the June 2016 Trump Tower meeting between Donald Trump Jr.Don TrumpTrump Jr. shares edited video showing father knocking Biden down with golf ball Trump: 'I can't imagine' any Republican would beat me in 2024 primary if I run Trump Jr.: There are 'plenty' of GOP incumbents who should be challenged MORE, top Trump campaign executives and a Russian lawyer who promised damaging information on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMcConnell: Taliban could take over Afghanistan by 'the end of the year' Hillary Clinton: There must be a 'global reckoning' with disinformation Pelosi's archbishop calls for Communion to be withheld from public figures supporting abortion rights MORE.

The president has frequently lashed out against the ongoing investigation, which he has characterized as a "witch hunt" conjured by "angry Democrats" to undermine his presidency.