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Robert Mueller’s Top Investigator Abruptly Quits His Team

Robert Mueller

There is something brewing with Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his crew of investigators. But one of them has had enough.

Former FBI agent Peter Strzok has left the investigation team. Strzok was part of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email scandal and has been a part of Mueller’s federal grand jury. So Strzok is not new to the counterintelligence field and he even helped interview Clinton.

It is not clear as to why Strzok abruptly left the team of investigators so soon after being appointed by Mueller. Strzok is now working in the bureau’s human resources department.

Mueller’s investigation has taken off recently with the FBI raid of former Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort’s house. The investigation has also led to secret meetings and a grand jury. The grand jury is an indication that the case might be bigger than the original grand jury investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

“This is yet a further sign that there is a long-term, large-scale series of prosecutions being contemplated and being pursued by the special counsel,” University of Texas law professor Stephen I. Vladeck told the Journal. “If there was already a grand jury in Alexandria looking at Flynn, there would be no need to reinvent the wheel for the same guy. This suggests that the investigation is bigger and wider than Flynn, perhaps substantially so.”

Strzok may have bowed out of the investigation because it was becoming more involved than he wanted to be.