Former FBI Director Robert Muller Appointed to Oversee Investigation into Russian Interference

The Justice Department appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller to oversee the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election Wednesday.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Muller to the position.

“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, Rosenstein said in as statement.

This comes after President Trump fired FBI Director James Comey last week, and a memo surfaced saying Trump asked Comey to stop the investigation into ousted security advisor Michael Flynn.

As special counsel, Muller is “authorized to prosecute federal crimes arising from the investigation of these matter,” according to the Justice Department’s order.

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