Ever since the Justice Department appointed Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the investigation into ties between President Trump’s campaign and Russian officials, the former FBI director has made no bones about hiring attorneys with Democratic ties as members of his investigative team.
Today, the sixteenth member of his team, Greg Andres, reported for work. Andres, who worked most recently as a criminal defense attorney, previously served in the Obama Justice Department from 2010-12.
In addition, according to The Daily Caller, Andres has donated at least $3,700 to federal Democratic candidates, including $2,700 to New York Sen. [score]Kirsten Gillibrand[/score] in March of this year. Via TheBlaze:
He also has a connection [to the Democrats] through his wife, Ronnie Abrams, a federal district court judge who sits on the bench in southern New York. She was nominated to the seat by former President Barack Obama and came recommended by Gillibrand.
There seven other Democratic attorneys on the team, and together they donated a total of over $60,700 to Democratic campaigns.
Regarding the significance of these gifts, William Barr, who served as attorney general under President George H.W. Bush, told The Washington Post in early July:
In my view, prosecutors who make political contributions are identifying fairly strongly with a political party.