Washington Post: Deputy attorney general appoints special counsel to oversee probe of Russian interference in election
The Justice Department appointed a special counsel Wednesday to investigate possible coordination between President Trump’s associates and Russian officials — a clear signal to the White House that federal investigators will aggressively pursue the matter despite the president’s insistence that there was no “collusion’’ with the Kremlin.
Robert S. Mueller III, a former prosecutor who served as the FBI director from 2001 to 2013, has agreed to take over the investigation as a special counsel, Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein announced. The move marks a concession by the Trump administration to Democratic demands for the investigation to be run independently of the Justice Department. Calls for a special counsel intensified after Trump fired FBI Director James B. Comey last week.
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WNU Editor: After almost one year of claims of Russian collusion with the Trump campaign .... I have yet to see any evidence of such collusion .... and no .... talking to a Russian official is not evidence of Russian collusion .... Trump campaign had at least 18 undisclosed contacts with Russians: sources (Reuters) .... because if it was all of Washington would be under indictment. And while there is almost universal support for this appointment .... Saved by a Special Counsel (Robert Schlesinger, US News and World Report) .... my prediction is that with time this will morph into investigating other claims that have been levelled at the U.S. President, become a talking point for those who are against President Trump to claim that he is under investigation, as well as continuing the claim that this is why Hillary Clinton lost. And speaking of Hillary Clinton .... if she was the President does one really think she would ever support the appointment of a special counsel .... I doubt it.
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