WaPo: Deputy attorney general appoints special counsel to oversee probe of Russian interference in election

WaPo: Deputy attorney general appoints special counsel to oversee probe of Russian interference in election

Former FBI director Robert Mueller will over see the FBI probe, including any coordination between Trump associates and Russians.

The Justice Department appointed a special counsel Wednesday to investigate possible coordination between President Trump’s associates and Russian officials — a clear signal to the White House that federal investigators will aggressively pursue the matter despite the president’s insistence that there was no “collusion’’ with the Kremlin.

Robert S. Mueller III, a former prosecutor who served as the FBI director from 2001 to 2013, has agreed to take over the investigation as a special counsel, Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein announced. The move marks a concession by the Trump administration to Democratic demands for the investigation to be run independently of the Justice Department. Calls for a special counsel intensified after Trump fired FBI Director James B. Comey last week.

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