Robert Mueller has made no public comment since he was named to lead the Department of Justice investigation into Russian interference in last year’s election. Instead, he has let his actions do the talking, NPR reports. The former FBI director and decorated U.S. Marine has submitted a budget and hired an all-star team that includes 15 Justice Department prosecutors. That has gotten the attention of President Trump’s supporters, who issued an attack ad calling the investigation a “rigged game” and blasting the special counsel for hiring at least four lawyers who have donated to Democrats. Mueller got a nod of support from Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who said he didn’t think political donations amounted to a conflict of interest.
Members of Congress and lawyers involved in the probe described the main lines of inquiry as Russian meddling in the presidential election, whether anyone inside the U. S. conspired to help, and whether any wrongdoing has been committed in the surprise firing of FBI Director James Comey, who said he believed he was let go to relieve pressure on the Russia probe. There’s no timetable or deadline for the job. Among the attorneys Mueller has hired: Zainab Ahmad, a top national security prosecutor on detail from U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Eastern District of New York; Rush Atkinson, an attorney on detail from the DOJ Criminal Division’s Fraud Section, and Michael Dreeben, on detail from the Office of the Solicitor General, described by ex-colleagues as one of the brightest criminal law experts of the past two generations.