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) Swan MuellerGraham: Mueller investigation a 'political rectal exam' House progressive: Pelosi 'has it right' on impeachment Democrats talk subpoena for Mueller 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 ManafortBanker charged for allegedly approving Manafort loans for Trump job House Democrat 'fixed' Trump's infographic about Mueller's investigation Michael Caputo eyes congressional bid 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 TrumpTrump Jr. slams Republican committee chairman: 'Too weak to stand up to the Democrats' #TrumpTantrum spreads on Twitter after impromptu press conference Trump family members will join state visit to UK MORE, top Trump campaign executives and a Russian lawyer who promised damaging information on Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonFrustration boils over with Senate's 'legislative graveyard' Poll: Nearly half of Clinton's former supporters back Biden Harris readies a Phase 2 as she seeks to rejuvenate campaign 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.