Democrats and some Republicans have been calling for a special counsel to be named to oversee the investigation into the alleged Russian interference in last year’s election. The probe is also looking into allegations of possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russian officials. Robert Mueller, served as Director of the FBI under George W. Bush and Barack Obama.
The Justice Department announced Wednesday it has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to oversee a federal investigation into the probe of alleged Russian influence in the 2016 presidential election.
The appointment came amid a growing Democratic outcry for someone outside the Justice Department to handle the politically charged investigation.
“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,” Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said in a statement. “My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted.”…
The appointment of Mueller was made by the Justice Department, who informed President Trump after the selection was made. Trump says he welcomes the investigation and expects it to fully vindicate him and his campaign of any Russian collusion during the campaign.