The Justice Department announced it is appointing a special counsel to investigate Russia’s alleged involvement in the 2016 presidential election.
What appears to be the DOJ meeting the demands of Democratic lawmakers, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein named former FBI Director Robert Mueller to oversee the probe.
White House spokespeople have said they view the appointment of a special counsel as unnecessary.
Rosenstein made the decision as acting attorney general after Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the matter due to his role in the Trump campaign.
Mueller has agreed to resign from his private law firm, Wilmer Hale, to pursue the probe, the Justice Department said.
The Justice Department statement shed little light on the ongoing probe, simply referring to it as “the previously-confirmed FBI investigation of Russian government efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election, and related matters.”
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