Special counsel Robert Mueller has brought 13 lawyers on board to handle the Russia investigation, with plans to hire more, according to his spokesman Peter Carr.

Mueller has assembled a high-powered team of top investigators and leading experts, including seasoned attorneys who’ve represented major American companies in court and who have worked on cases ranging from Watergate to the Enron fraud scandal.

Among them are James Quarles and Jeannie Rhee, both of whom Mueller brought over from his old firm, WilmerHale. He’s also hired Andrew Weissmann, who led the Enron investigation.

“That is a great, great team of complete professionals, so let’s let him do his job,” former independent counsel Kenneth Starr, who investigated President Bill Clinton in the 1990s, told ABC News.

While only five attorneys have been identified, concerns have come up over the political leanings of Quarles, Rhee and Weissmann. They have donated overwhelmingly to Democrats, totaling more than $53,000 since 1988, according to a CNN analysis of Federal Election Commission records.

Widening probe

The special counsel’s investigators are looking into questions of Russian interference in last year’s election, and plan to speak to senior intelligence officials, a source familiar with the matter told CNN.

Mueller is also investigating whether President Donald Trump attempted to obstruct justice, The Washington Post reported Wednesday.

The Post reported that the interviews represent a widening of the probe to include looking into whether the President obstructed justice in suggesting to his former FBI Director James Comey that Comey drop the investigation into Michael Flynn, Trump’s former national security adviser, as well as for his firing of Comey.

Mueller’s investigators have asked for information and will talk to Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats and National Security Agency Director Adm. Mike Rogers, according to a source, who said they have also sought information from recently retired NSA Deputy Director Richard Ledgett. Coats and Rogers have testified that they were not pressured by the Trump administration.

The interviews are some of the first indications of the efforts of Mueller’s newly assembled team.

Ultimately, it would be up to Mueller to decide whether there is enough evidence to recommend pursuing charges on any part of the investigation.

  • Dalton

    Wow…how much will this witch hunt cost taxpayers?

  • Ingold Inglorion

    This clown’s only job is to find cause to overturn the election. Sessions’ stupid recusal caused this.

    • Zaphod Braden

      that Fifth Columnist Jew who appointed Mueller caused it.
      “The US shouldn’t give high clearances to Jews, because when asked to help, we’re willing to do anything for the love of our country, Israel.” — Spy Jonathan Pollard during interrogation by the FBI. Make note that Pollard was born in the US and his spying put America in serious nuclear risk back in the 1980’s. To recap. Pollard stole (among other things) secrets related to the US Nuclear Deterrent, including where US missiles were targeted inside the USSR, and sold that information to Israel. Israel, our supposed only friend in the Middle East turned around and traded that information to the USSR in exchange for increased emigration quotas for Russian Jews.
      Had a nuclear WW3 started at that moment, the USSR would have won.
      “Once we squeeze all we can out of the United States, it can dry up and blow away.”
      -Netanyahu, to Jonathan Pollard upon exiting Pollard’s jail cell in 2002
      ………….
      July 16, 2010 posted by Jeff Gates Less than two weeks prior to the mass murder of September 11, 2001, the Israeli government made a $1 million grant to Israeli super-spy Jonathan Pollard…proving the Israelis were 100% behind spying on America. that $1MILLION would be YOUR tax dollars, out of the $4BILLION you give them every year.
      xxxxxxxxxxxx
      America, the “MASTERBLASTER” from the movie “Thunderdome” a giant moron ridden on and directed by Twisted Jewish Dwarves .
      xxxxxxxxxxxxxx…….
      What is good for Israel should be good for America. NO “dual citizen” allowed in government.
      Israel: Three dual-citizen MKs ordered to annul their foreign passports
      by Shahar Ilan – Haaretz – Feb18 2009
      The Central Elections Committee has ordered three Knesset members with dual citizenship to annul their foreign passports by next Tuesday’s swearing-in ceremony, or at least begin steps to cancel them.
      The three lawmakers are Yohanan Plesner of Kadima (who has Danish citizenship), Nitzan Horowitz of Meretz (a Polish citizen) and Yisrael Beiteinu’s Anastasia Michaeli, who holds a Russian passport. The Basic Law on the Knesset states that “a member of Knesset holding an additional citizenship that is not Israeli … will not take the oath of loyalty until he has done everything he can to relinquish it.” –
      Nobody can have loyalty to TWO Nations at the same time. SO nobody with “dual citizenship” should be allowed to hold any post in our government.
      By the way ……. How many CHRISTIANS sit in the Israeli “knesset”? ANY? EVER?
      CHRISTIAN tax dollars bought and paid for Israel —- their knesset should be 50% CHRISTIAN.
      Israel would not EXIST without JESUS CHRIST and the tax dollars of HIS Flock.

      What the Jewish Rabbis think of JESUS “As for Christianity, there is a dispute among Halachic authorities, but the vast majority consider it idolatry as well. Islam, on the other hand, is not considered idolatry.”
      Read that last bit again VERY SLOWLY so the “christianzionists” can follow: “ISLAM, on the other hand, is NOT considered idolatry.” ………..
      “My opinion of Christian Zionists? They’re scum. But don’t tell them that. We need all the useful idiots we can get right now.” — Benyamin Netanyahu, at the time a former. prime minister”

  • Dan W

    This has to be “STOPPED” Now. And I don’t care how they stop it!

  • Tonya Parnell

    OUR TAX MONEY FOR THIS CRAP. ONE OF THE LAWYERS REPRESENTS CLINTON FOUNDATION, HOW SWEET. FIRE MUELLER NOW !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Zaphod Braden

    if Mueller had one iota of honor or integrity he would have recused himself. Mueller you are a P.O.S.

  • Zaphod Braden

    Where is the “Special Prosecutor” and big brave Congressional investigation of THESE scumbags:
    Not a PEEP of condemnation of violence by Obama, Hillary, and their Flunkies. Obama’s & Hillary’s fingers were on that trigger .The Baseball shooting was directly instigated by Obama and Hillary calling for “resistance and rebellion” and their leftwing MSM lackeys. When will the mainstream media stop radicalizing domestic terrorists with their hysterical anti-Trump narrative? It has to stop now before more innocent people are targeted. Make no mistake this was Democratic Domestic TERRORISM
    Not a PEEP of remorse or condemnation by Obamas or Clintons ….. Notice obama and Hillary never condemned the violent antifa attacks on Trump rallies? Obama managed to force out some meaningless tripe of concern to ONE shooting victim, but not a word of condemnation. They are instigating Civil WAR. their SILENCE is thunderous. anti-Trump protestors are RACISTS, BIGOTS, & VIOLENT THUGS. For the first time in history the former POTUS refuses to exit the stage, and the Losing Candidate refuses to concede the election ….. Arrest them for sedition

  • desertspeaks

    I’d say, WHEN nothing is found “as has already been proven” concerning the RUSSIAN COLLUSION… EVERY DEMOCRAT AND RINO REPUBLICAN “WHO SUPPORTED THIS FRAUD” SHOULD FORFEIT EVERYTHING THEY OWN TO PAY FOR THE FAKE INVESTIGATION!

  • TruthInLogic

    an “investigation” of the Presidents lawful, constitutional orders, including dismissing of those that serve at POTUS pleasure, seems rather odd, seeing that no “investigation” of the president was ongoing, as testified by the now ex-FBI head, as was no Russian “collusion” uncovered, so no “obstruction” of anything is present. And lawyers “investigating” foreign counterintelligence activity, is that not the purview and job of the FBI, CIA, agencies already stating no evidence was found, how can a gaggle of lawyers do a better job? What’s going on in the US government? Not enough schooling in the US Constitution?

  • Kim Chul Soo

    Crooks like Mueller sure know how to milk the tax payer when given the chance.

  • Justin Thought

    Just another ladle in the gravy train.