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Mueller Named Special Counsel for Russia Probe

Del Quentin Wilber and Aruna Viswanatha report for the WSJ:

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller III was appointed as special counsel to oversee the FBI investigation of the Russian government's efforts to influence the 2016 election, the Justice Department said.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the appointment because Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from any investigation related to the 2016 race. Mr. Rosenstein said in a statement that "I determined that it is in the public interest for me to exercise my authority and appoint a Special Counsel to assume responsibility of this matter."

Mr. Rosenstein, who signed the order on Wednesday, cautioned that his decision wasn't the result of a "finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted."
Update:  The DoJ press release is here. The appointment order is here.


Smart decision (to appoint special counsel) and great choice (of Mueller) by Rosenstein.

Mueller & Comey are cut from the same cloth: Men of high character and unimpeachable integrity.

Let the chips fall where they may.

I agree with every word of paul's comment.

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