With regards to investigation on Russiann interferrence in the last election, Ex-FBI boss Robert Mueller named by Justice Department as special prosecutor for Russia probe.
The Justice Department has named a special prosecutor for the FBI’s Russia probe, the latest significant development in the investigation of whether President Trump’s team colluded with Russia during the 2016 election.
Former FBI Director Robert Mueller will oversee the investigation, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced. The move takes the pressure off Rosenstein, but could greatly ramp up the pressure on the White House.
“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,” Rosenstein said in a statement. “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.”
In a statement, 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.”
The move is one Democrats had demanded since the moment President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey, arguing that Rosenstein had to recuse himself because of his role in Comey’s firing.
Mueller will take command of the prosecutors and FBI agents who are working on the far reaching Russia investigation, which spans multiple FBI field offices on both coasts.
“In my capacity as acting Attorney General, I determined that it is in the public interest for me to exercise my authority and appoint a Special Counsel to assume responsibility for this matter,” Rosenstein said in a statement. “My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted. I have made no such determination. What I have determined is that 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.”
Mueller led the FBI for 12 years under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. He is second only to J. Edgar Hoover for longest tenure for an FBI chief.
Mueller has agreed to resign from his private law firm in order to avoid any conflicts of interest, the AG’s office said.