Ex FBI Director Robert Mueller named special prosecutor for Russia investigation

Justice Dept. to appoints special prosecutor former FBI Director Robert Mueller to oversee the probe into Russia’s alleged involvement in the 2016 presidential election. 

Meeting the demands of Democratic lawmakers, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein named former FBI Director Robert Mueller to oversee the probe.

“Based upon the unique circumstances, the public interest requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command,” Rosenstein said in a statement. “A special counsel is necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome. Our nation is grounded on the rule of law, and the Public must be assured that government officials administer the law fairly.”

Robert Mueller is an American lawyer who was the sixth Director of the FBI for 12 years, between September 4, 2001 and September 4, 2013.