BREAKING — Late Wednesday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to serve as special counsel to oversee the investigation of Russian efforts to meddle with the 2016 Presidential election.
“I have determined that a Special Counsel is necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome,” Rosenstein said in a statement.
The statement highlights that Mueller is authorized to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump and any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation.”
A career prosecutor and veteran of the Marine Corps during the Vietnam War, Mueller is a widely respected figure in Washington. For more on the statement, a video from CNN is below:
— CNN (@CNN) May 17, 2017
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