Departure of DOJ Investigator Roils Trump-Russia Probe

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Nora Dannehy, a prosecutor who was helping lead the investigation into the origins of the Trump-Russia probe, has resigned from the Justice Department, the Associated Press reports. Dannehy was on a team led by U.S. Attorney John Durham of Connecticut, who was appointed to lead an investigation into how the FBI and other federal agencies set out to investigate Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and whether the Trump campaign had coordinated with the Kremlin. Her departure could complicate the final stretch of an investigation anticipated by President Donald Trump and his supporters to uncover what they see as wrongdoing within the FBI. Durham has questioned former law enforcement and intelligence officials about decisions made during the Russia probe. Dannehy had been a top leader on the team.

Trump has indicated that he wants results soon. The investigation has produced one criminal charge, against a former FBI lawyer accused of altering an email related to the surveillance of a former Trump campaign aide. In another development related to the Russia investigation, lawyers in the case of former Trump national security adviser Michael Flynn submitted arguments about how the prosecution should proceed. An appeals court ruled that U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan did not have to dismiss the case just because the Justice Department asked him to. John Gleeson, a retired federal judge appointed by Sullivan to argue against the Justice Department’s position, said the case should not be dismissed and called the government’s motion to drop it “plainly a corrupt political errand for the President.”

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