Andrew Weissmann, a top prosecutor on special counsel Robert Mueller’s team who led the case against Paul Manafort, will soon leave the special counsel’s office and the Justice Department as a whole to teach at New York University, NPR reported.
A source told NPR that the latest departure of a prominent prosecutor is the strongest indication yet that the special counsel’s investigation into President Trump’s campaign and Russian interference in the 2016 election is quickly wrapping up.
In a statement to TPM on Thursday, the special counsel’s office confirmed that Weissmann “will be concluding his detail to the special counsel’s office in the near future.”
Weissmann’s exit follows the departure of the top FBI agent on the case, Special Agent in Charge David Archey, who left the office on March 4. Brandon Van Grack, another prosecutor in the office, also left earlier this month to head up the enforcement of the Foreign Agents Registration Act, a law that tripped up several of the key players in the President Trump’s campaign and early administration: Manafort, Rick Gates and Michael Flynn.