Breaking News: Special Prosecutor Announced for Trump Russia Investigation

Breaking News: Special Counsel Appointed by Deputy Attorney General in Russian Investigation

Wednesday evening, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, announced that the Justice Department has appointed a special counsel to investigate into Russian officials seeking to meddle in last year’s election and may have had the help of members of the Trump campaign for President. The announcement comes a day after the news that former FBI Director James Comey had written memos after meetings with President Trump. One may prove that the President asked Comey to “let go” the investigation into former National Security Michael Flynn’s role as a foreign agent.

Announced as the special counsel for the investigation is Robert Mueller, a former prosecutor who served as the FBI director from 2001 to 2013. Rosenstein stated that Mueller has agreed to come aboard the investigation. Rosenstein said in a statement, “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.” Continuing Rosenstein stated that, “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.’’

Rosenstein had come up fire himself after President Trump announced that his decision to fire FBI Director Comey came after a report issued by Rosenstein stated that Comey had made unfortunate errors in the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s email. The President though, changed the original story of Rosenstein’s report for the reason to the Russian investigation. Rosenstein though signed the order Wednesday for Mueller to “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump’’ as well as “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation’’ and any other matters that fall under the scope of the Justice Department regulation covering special counsel appointments.

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. The Justice Department said Mueller has resigned from his job at a private law firm to take the job of special counsel. In his capacity, as Special Counsel, Mueller will have all the same powers as a U.S. attorney, but will still report to Rosenstein. But, he does not have to have day-to-day supervision of the Justice Department. He can keep the same investigators in place, or request new or additional staff including from outside the department.

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