Former FBI Director Robert Mueller Appointed to Probe Russian Interference in Election

Robert Mueller
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The Justice Department announced that Robert Mueller, the former director of the FBI, has been appointed special counsel to investigate Russia’s interference in the 2016 election.

“What I have determined is based upon the unique circumstances, the public interest requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command,” said Rod Rosenstein, the deputy attorney general.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself from the investigation, which had left Rosenstein to oversee it.

Democrats have been calling for a special counsel for the probe. Mueller’s role as special counsel will cover Russian attempts to influence the election as well as other “related matters,” which is being taken to include any ties between the Trump campaign and Russian officials.

Rosenstein said that his decision is “not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted.”

He said that he had “determined that a special counsel is necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome. Our nation is grounded on the rule of law, and the public must be assured that government officials administer the law fairly. Special Counsel Mueller will have all appropriate resources to conduct a thorough and complete investigation, and I am confident that he will follow the facts, apply the law and reach a just result.”

Mueller will oversee the FBI investigation. He led the bureau from 2001 to 2013.

President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, Mueller’s successor, last week. Since then, Democrats have accelerated their calls for a special prosecutor for the case, and continued to do so after the New York Times reported on Tuesday that Trump in February asked Comey to end the FBI’s investigation of Flynn. The story cited memos that Comey took of his conversations with the president.

Mueller will resign his position at the law firm WilmerHale.

In a statement issued by the White House, Trump said, “As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know – there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity.  I look forward to this matter concluding quickly.  In the meantime, I will never stop fighting for the people and the issues that matter most to the future of our country.”

 

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  1. noel says:

    Can’t wait until they find how much Russian money is in the Trump business account!!!!

  2. Steve Barr says:

    All these Trump cockroaches seem to be secret snowflakes maybe they need a safe place . Winter is coming !

  3. sari says:

    As if this matters – the left Democrats are losers and this will prove it. Then we’ll expose Obama/ Clinton rogue emails, Clinton foundation cash and back door treason.

    • Rachel says:

      Or go to Charleston and chant “Russian is our friend” one more time!

    • Rachel says:

      Rogue emails? Are they going to destroy the Death Star?! Death Star as in the Clinton Foundation, which has superb humanitarian ratings! And the vague backdoor treason! Whatever shall we do? Go look for that basement at that pizza joint you fool!

  4. Harry says:

    Robert Mueller is a credible source to investigate this. Time for everyone to let him do his job.

  5. noel says:

    Nice move! Putin is laughing America but the joke is on the people who voted for Trump. You thought you played a Trump card but all you played was a joker.

  6. Alex says:

    How will the MSM try to destroy Mueller?

  7. tlsnyder42 says:

    Where was the Special Prosecutor for Hillary Clinton? For Barack Hussein Obama? For the Clinton Foundation? For Benghazi? For the Iran “Deal”? For the IRS scandal? We live in a corrupt, godless socialist tyranny running a rigged system. AG sessions should overrule this idiot and fire his butt!

    • Rachel says:

      Maybe for Benghazi you should ask your precious GOP why they cut the budget, which led to a decrease in security personnel.

    • cooper says:

      Poor baby conservatives. Believing their fake scandals are so important. Live in the bubble, die in the bubble.

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