It may not be the ‘special prosecutor’ Democrats wanted, but a special counsel is taking over the Russia investigation – a move that’s been cheered by both Democrats AND Republicans. At the helm? Former FBI Director Robert Mueller [[MULL-er ]] has been appointed to the position by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein.
The probe includes looking at Russia's meddling in the U.S. election, as well as any ties between Russia and the Trump campaign. And this isn’t some half-beaned measure - Mueller will have the authority to prosecute any federal crimes that are discovered.
The appointment of a special counsel comes amid the fallout from President Trump's firing of ex-FBI Director James Comey last week. As we’ve been telling you, among the controversies that have arisen are reports of a memo by Comey claiming Trump urged him to quash an investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.
- President Trump is reacting to Mueller’s appointment – and not via Twitter. In a statement released via Facebook, he offers – “As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know - there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity. I look forward to this matter concluding quickly. In the meantime, I will never stop fighting for the people and the issues that matter most to the future of our country.”
- Meanwhile, the chairman of the House Oversight Committee has scheduled a hearing next Wednesday with Comey. However, Utah Republican Jason Chaffetz [[CHAY-futz]] acknowledged that he hasn't confirmed the appearance with Comey. Chaffetz tweeted that Comey apparently has a new phone number. Across the Capitol, the Senate Judiciary Committee has also begun their process to retrieve documents and audio related to the Comey situation. As with the House Oversight Committee, they want everything in hand by Wednesday.