Politics Robert Mueller, Ex-F.B.I. Chief, to Lead Russia Inquiry

06:06  18 may  2017
06:06  18 may  2017 Source:   The New York Times

Former FBI Director Mueller to lead Trump-Russia probe

  Former FBI Director Mueller to lead Trump-Russia probe <p>Justice Dept. appoints former FBI head Robert Mueller to oversee probe into Trump-Russian connection in 2016 election.</p>The appointment Wednesday comes amid a growing Democratic outcry for someone outside the Justice Department to handle the politically charged investigation.

An inquiry into possible links between Russia and the Trump election campaign will be led by ex - FBI director Robert Mueller . It follows the claims that fired FBI chief James Comey wrote in a memo that President Donald Trump had asked him to end an investigation into former national security adviser

The Justice Department tapped ex - FBI Director Robert Mueller to serve as the Special Counsel for ties between associates of the president and Russian government operatives.

Robert S. Mueller III, the former F.B.I. director, during a Senate hearing in 2013.© Christopher Gregory/The New York Times Robert S. Mueller III, the former F.B.I. director, during a Senate hearing in 2013.

WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has appointed Robert S. Mueller III, the former F.B.I. director, to serve as a special counsel to oversee its investigation into Russian meddling in the election, Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein announced on Wednesday.

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The appointment of Mr. Mueller dramatically raises the stakes for President Trump in the multiple investigations into his campaign’s ties to the Russians. It follows a swiftly moving series of developments that have roiled Washington, including Mr. Trump’s abrupt dismissal of the F.B.I. director, James B. Comey, and the disclosure that the president urged Mr. Comey to drop the bureau’s investigation into his former national security adviser, Michael T. Flynn.

The Latest: House Democrats praise Mueller appointment

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Justice Dept. appoints former FBI chief Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead Trump- Russia probe. The broad mandate, beyond any specific Trump- Russia connection, also covers “any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation.”

The US justice department has announced the appointment of a special counsel to lead the Russian investigation in an attempt to quell concerns over claims US president Donald Trump interfered in an FBI inquiry . Former FBI director Robert Mueller will oversee the ongoing investigation into alleged

“I determined that it is in the public interest for me to exercise my authorities and appoint a special counsel to assume responsibility for this matter,” Mr. Rosenstein said in a statement. “My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted. I have made no such determination.”

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While a special counsel would remain ultimately answerable to Mr. Rosenstein — and by extension, the president — he would have greater autonomy to run an investigation than a United States attorney would. Mr. Mueller will be able to choose to what extent to consult with or inform the Justice Department about his investigation as it goes forward.

Members of both parties view Mr. Mueller as one of the most credible law enforcement officials in the country. He served both Democratic and Republican presidents, from 2001 to 2013, and was asked by President Barack Obama to stay on beyond the normal 10-year term until Mr. Comey was appointed.

In Robert Mueller, Russia Probe Gets Fresh Blood With Familiar Credentials

  In Robert Mueller, Russia Probe Gets Fresh Blood With Familiar Credentials The U.S. Department of Justice announced on Wednesday that Robert Mueller will serve as special counsel for the investigation of Russia's connection to November's election. Mueller served as FBI Director before the recently-terminated James Comey, and has a long record of public service before that. Mueller is a Marine vet who received Purple Heart after his service in Vietnam. After graduating from law school at the University of Virginia, he worked at the U.S. Attorney’s Offices in Northern California and Massachusetts. He then went back and forth between the public and private sectors, working at Boston law firms as well as the U.S.

Reports: DOJ Names Ex - FBI Chief Robert Mueller Special Counsel In Russia Probe about 1 hours ago. The Justice Department on Wednesday named former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel in the

Washington: The Justice Department has appointed former FBI director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to oversee a federal investigation into potential co-ordination between Russia and the Trump campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election.

The appointment is certain to soothe nerves at the F.B.I., where agents have felt under siege by Mr. Trump’s abrupt firing of Mr. Comey and his repeated criticism of their investigation into Russian interference in the election.

Analysts and agents who have briefed Mr. Muller tell some variation of the same story to show how exacting and relentlessly detail-oriented he is. The story involves a surveillance operation, with agents tailing a suspect in a car. Mr. Mueller is known to ask all the predictable questions about the suspect, and then pounce with, “What color is the car?”

In some tellings, the briefer responds, “Red,” only to be asked, “What shade?”

He is known inside the F.B.I. for that gruff, exacting management style — and for saving the institution. After the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, there were calls to break up the F.B.I. and create a separate domestic intelligence agency. Mr. Mueller, who came to the agency just one week before the attacks, beat back those efforts and is credited with building the modern F.B.I. He led the investigations into Al Qaeda while simultaneously transforming the agency into a key part of the national security infrastructure.

Analysis | How long will the special counsel’s investigation of Russia take? Possibly years.

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The Justice Department said Wednesday they planned to name a special counsel in the investigation into Russia ’s meddling into the 2016 presidential election. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said former FBI director Robert Mueller will oversee the probe.

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller will take the lead on the Trump- Russia probe. The department declined to explain the decision-making involved in the appointment. REACTION.

“He’s an absolutely superb choice,” said Kathryn Ruemmler, a former prosecutor and White House counsel under Mr. Obama. “He will just do a completely thorough investigation without regard to public pressure or political pressure.”

She added: “I cannot think of a better choice.”

John S. Pistole, who served as the F.B.I.’s deputy director under Mr. Mueller, also praised the appointment.

“You need an independent assessment of what the president has done, how he has done it and perhaps why he has done it,” said Mr. Pistole, who is now president of Anderson University in Indiana. “The appointment of Director Mueller is exactly what is needed to attempt to bring credibility to the White House when there are so many questions about the president’s actions and motives.”

The order to appoint Mr. Mueller was signed by Mr. Rosenstein on Wednesday, drawing on a regulation granting the attorney general the authority to appoint a special counsel for only the second time in history. The first time it was used was in 1999 by Janet Reno, who appointed Jack Danforth, a former Republican senator from Missouri, to lead an investigation into the botched federal raid on the Branch Davidian compound in Waco, Tex., in 1993 that killed 76 people.

In his capacity as special counsel, Mr. Mueller will be able to request additional resources for the investigation. Those requests will be reviewed by Lee Lofthus, assistant attorney general for administration.

Mr. Mueller is expected to announce his resignation from the law firm WilmerHale.

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Special Counsel Robert Mueller is working on operation budget for probe .
Mueller, the former FBI director, was appointed last week to oversee the investigation into Russia's interference in the 2016 electionThe size of the staff has not yet been determined. The money to fund the investigation will come out of the government's "permanent indefinite appropriation" fund which is allocated specifically to pay for all necessary expenses of investigations and prosecutions by independent counsels.

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