Two prosecutors leaving Mueller team

Two prosecutors leaving Mueller team
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Two Justice Department prosecutors assigned to special counsel Robert MuellerRobert Swan MuellerSasse: US should applaud choice of Mueller to lead Russia probe 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 ManafortBuzzFeed story has more to say about media than the president Dems revive impeachment talk after latest Cohen bombshell The case for Russia sanctions 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.Donald (Don) John TrumpConservatives pound BuzzFeed, media over Cohen report BuzzFeed story has more to say about media than the president Special counsel issues rare statement disputing explosive Cohen report MORE, top Trump campaign executives and a Russian lawyer who promised damaging information on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonIdentity politics and the race for the Democratic nomination O'Rourke’s strategy: Show Americans the real Beto Conservatives pound BuzzFeed, media over Cohen report 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.