The Justice Department on Wednesday appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, including potential collusion between Trump campaign associates and Russian officials.
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed Mueller to the position in a letter obtained by CNN. Attorney General Jeff Sessions previously recused himself from any involvement in the Russia investigation due to is role as a prominent campaign adviser and surrogate.
Mueller's appointment aims to quell the wave of criticism that President Donald Trump and his administration have faced since Trump fired FBI Director James Comey last week in the middle of the FBI's intensifying investigation into contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian officials.
Okay now we're cooking with gas.
Mueller was appointed FBI Director in 2001 by George W. Bush, but Obama liked him enough to have him stay on the job for another two years past his 10 year term, after which he was replaced by James Comey in 2013.
It sounds as if this guy is about as nonpartisan as you can get and is receiving glowing praise from both sides since this announcement.
And that is a good thing because the level of scrutiny he is about to face will be almost unprecedented.
According to CNN the FBI investigation will continue forward and now report to Mueller instead of the recently fired James Comey.
Speaking of Comey it appears that he has been asked to testify before the Senate Intelligence Committee in both open and closed door sessions.
Gee, it certainly looks as if Trump's attempts to derail the investigation have failed miserably.