A federal prosecutor in Manhattan is joining special counsel Robert Mueller’s probe into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election.Andrew Goldstein is departing as chief of the public corruption unit in Manhattan after serving in the role for roughly a year, The New York Times reports.
Goldstein was a member of the prosecuting team that won the conviction of former New York Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, a Democrat, in 2015.
He will be the first prosecutor from the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York to serve on Mueller’s team. That office is known for going after public corruption as well as white-collar crime and Wall Street fraud, according to The New York Times.
Goldstein, who departs the U.S. attorney’s office for the Southern District of New York in early July, will be replaced by the deputy chief of the corruption unit, Tatiana Martins.
“The special counsel is lucky to be getting Andrew, and we are lucky to have Tatiana”, Joon Kim, the acting U.S. attorney in Manhattan, said in an email to his office this week, according to the Times.
President Donald Trump has not named a successor to lead the U.S. attorney’s office after he fired Preet Bharara in March when the longtime Manhattan prosecutor refused to resign.