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Mueller named special counsel in Russia probe

By Laurie Bennett

May 18, 2017 at 6:45am

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller has been named special counsel to oversee the Justice Department’s probe into Trump campaign ties to Russia.

Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein named Mueller to the post amidst a flurry of leaks, allegations and calls for an independent investigator.

The move followed media reports that President Trump had asked former FBI Director James Comey to drop the investigation. Trump subsequently fired Comey.

The president issued a statement Wednesday, saying, “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.”

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