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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Former FBI Head Robert MUELLER Named to OVERSEE Russia Election Probe

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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 of 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 Justice Department said Mueller has resigned from his job at a private law firm to take the job of special counsel.
The decision by the DOJ followed the revelation Tuesday that fired FBI Director James Comey wrote in a memo that President Trump had asked him to end an investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, Chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, called the appointment a "great selection."
Mueller is the former FBI Director who did a two year extension under President Obama beyond his 10-year fixed term before retiring in 2013.
He became FBI Director shortly before 9/11, and was at the heart of turning the FBI into a counter terrorism and counter intelligence operation.
Muller, along with his then-deputy James Comey, threatened to quit over the Bush administration surveillance.
Muller's notes were used at the time to back up Comey's version of events, when they were questioned by the Bush White House. 
Fox News' Jake Gibson, Catherine Herridge and the Associated Press contributed to this report.

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