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

06:06  18 may  2017
06:06  18 may  2017 Source:   nytimes.com

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.

Robert Mueller . PHOTO: AFP. WASHINGTON: A former FBI chief was tasked Wednesday with leading a beefed-up investigation into whether Donald Trump’s team colluded with Russia to tilt the 2016 election in the president’s favour.

Bowing to mounting pressure, the Trump administration has appointed a former FBI director to lead an investigation into possible ties between the President's election campaign and Russia . The appointment of Robert Mueller as special prosecutor comes amid a growing Democratic outcry for someone

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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Image: Former FBI director Robert Mueller . Bowing to mounting pressure, the Trump administration has appointed a former FBI director to lead an investigation into possible ties between the President's election campaign and Russia .

Ex - FBI Chief to Lead Russia Probe. The Justice Department didn’t specify the parameters of the probe beyond noting that Mr. Mueller would oversee the previously confirmed Federal Bureau of Investigation inquiry into Russia ’s role in last year’s election.

“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.

A former FBI boss has been named special counsel to oversee an inquiry into Russia ’s alleged meddling in the election and any Trump campaign ties. In naming Robert Mueller , the deputy attorney general said it was in the public interest to have an outsider.

The Justice Department appointed Robert Mueller to lead the inquiry into Russia 's influence on the 2016 presidential election. This comes

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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WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has appointed Robert S. Mueller III, the former F . B . I . director, to serve as a special.. 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

A US federal inquiry into possible links between Russia and the Trump campaign will be led by former 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

“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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