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former fbi director robert mueller named special counsel for russia probe


former fbi director robert mueller iii was appointed wednesday as special counsel to oversee the federal investigation into russia’s alleged interference in the 2016 u.s. presidential election, giving him wide latitude to explore potential collusion between the trump campaign and moscow.deputy attorney general rod rosenstein said in a statement he was naming a special counsel due to the inquiry’s “unique circumstances.” the public...






the powers and limits of robert mueller's new job as special counsel


washington -- a look at the powers and limits of robert mueller's new job as special counsel looking at possible links between russia and trump campaign associates.q. what will mueller do as special counsel?a. mueller is supposed to carry on the investigation that former fbi director james comey told congress about before he was fired by president donald trump. that includes any links between trump campaign associates and russia, as well as "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation," according to the letter appointing him.q. what are a special counsel's powers?a. under justice department regulations, a special counsel has all the authority of a u.s. attorney, including the ability to initiate investigations, subpoena records and bring criminal charges. one differ






fact check: what does the appointment of a special counsel mean for the russia i


on may 17, robert mueller was appointed as special counsel to investigate possible collusion between the trump campaign and the russian government.        






republicans and democrats in california's congressional delegation praise specia


democrats and republicans in california's congressional delegation praised former fbi director robert s. mueller iii as the right pick to serve as special counsel for the investigation into russian interference in the 2016 election and what the trump campaign may have known.here is more about who mueller is, and what the california members of congress are saying about the pick:“robert mueller is the right man to lead this investigation. he’s a strong, independent leader who built an impeccable reputation over decades in law enforcement. and as special counsel, i’m confident he’ll pursue the facts — wherever they may lead,” house foreign affairs committee chairman ed royce (r-fullerton) said in a statement.






q&a: the mechanics of the trump-russia special counsel


washington — a look at the powers and limits of robert mueller's new job as special counsel looking at possible links between russia and trump campaign associates.q. what will mueller do as special counsel?a. mueller is supposed to carry on the investigation that former fbi director james comey told congress about before he was fired by president donald trump. that includes any links between trump campaign associates and russia, as well as "any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation," according to the letter appointing him.q. what are a special counsel's powers?a. under justice department regulations, a special counsel has all the authority of a u.s. attorney, including the ability to initiate investigations, subpoena records and bring criminal charges. one differe






7 things to know about robert mueller, new special counsel for russia investigat


what you need to know about robert mueller, the special counsel overseeing the fbi investigation into possible collusion between the trump campaign and russia.        






republicans and democrats in california's congressional delegation praise specia


democrats and republicans in california's congressional delegation praised former fbi director robert s. mueller iii as the right pick to serve as special prosecutor for the investigation into russian interference in the 2016 election and what the trump campaign may have known.here is more about who mueller is, and what the california members of congress are saying about the pick:“robert mueller is the right man to lead this investigation. he’s a strong, independent leader who built an impeccable reputation over decades in law enforcement. and as special counsel, i’m confident he’ll pursue the facts — wherever they may lead,” house foreign affairs committee chairman ed royce (r-fullerton) said in a statement.






robert mueller appointed special counsel


deputy attorney general rod rosenstein has appointed former fbi director robert mueller to serve as special counsel to oversee the previously confirmed investigation of russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election and related matters."i have determined that a special counsel is necessary in order for the american people to have full confidence in the outcome," rosenstein said in a statement. the letter announcing the appointment reads that mueller is authorized to investigate "any links and/or coordination between the russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of president donald trump; and...any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation."  the appointment comes as numerous democratic lawmakers have called for a special counsel, col






can a special counsel uncover the truth about donald trump and russia? dream on


evan vucci, associated press fileformer fbi director robert mueller, who is tasked with unraveling any trump-russia ties, has already been made out to be a savior. but rarely do we learn the truth about the events a special counsel was appointed to investigate.the appointment of a special counsel is always a tragedy, in the sense that going under the surgeon’s knife is always a tragedy. like the human body, the government should function smoothly without the need to slice and cut. the justice department brings in an outsider only when the public does not trust the executive branch to investigate itself. even when, as now, there may be good reason for the mistrust, the moment is hardly one for celebration. even when we know surgery is necessary, we do not throw parties.so although i fervent






what to know about the special counsel in the russia investigation


so, what exactly is a special counsel again? glad you asked. a special counsel is a prosecutor who is appointed by the department of justice to independently investigate a potential crime to avoid any conflict of interest. this is the job that former fbi director robert mueller has been appointed to, and he will have the full authority of a u.s. attorney to prosecute any crimes that arise from his investigation into russian interference in the 2016 election. mueller is empowered to conduct his investigation with minimal day-to-day oversight so long as he adheres to the "rules, regulations, procedures, practices and policies" of the department. but the attorney general, or in this case deputy attorney general rod rosensein, could prevent him perusing a prosecution or other major action, alt






everything you need to know about the russia investigation’s “special counsel” –


by matt zapotosky, the washington postdeputy attorney general rod rosenstein on wednesday appointed former fbi director robert mueller to serve as the special counsel overseeing the investigation of russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election. democrats and even some republicans had long been calling for such an appointment, particularly after president donald trump fired fbi director james comey.but what exactly is a “special counsel,” and how will his investigation work? here are some answers to questions you might have.q: what is a “special counsel”?a: a special counsel is a person appointed by the attorney general – or, in this case, the deputy attorney general, because attorney general jeff sessions is recused from the russia case – to oversee a particular criminal investigatio






robert mueller appointed special counsel to investigate any coordination between


deputy attorney general rod rosenstein has appointed former fbi director robert mueller to serve as special counsel to oversee the previously confirmed fbi investigation of russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election and related matters."i have determined that a special counsel is necessary in order for the american people to have full confidence in the outcome," rosenstein said in a statement. the letter announcing the appointment reads that mueller is authorized to investigate "any links and/or coordination between the russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of president donald trump; and...any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation."  the appointment comes as numerous democratic lawmakers have called for a special counsel,






justice department taps former fbi director robert mueller as special counsel fo


the justice department tapped former fbi director robert mueller to be a special counsel overseeing the russia investigation, the department announced wednesday.         






here is what's it like to have a special counsel, like robert mueller, hounding


ever wondered what it’s like to be pursued, badgered and threatened legally by a special counsel, like the one appointed last week to investigate the trump campaign’s ties to russia? i can tell you firsthand.in 2003, the george w. bush administration leaked the name of a cia operations officer, valerie plame, to syndicated columnist robert novak. a week later my newsday colleague knut royce and i wrote a story disclosing that plame had worked undercover — novak had assumed she was simply an analyst. so when the justice department tapped a special counsel to look into the matter, he turned to us first.the counsel, patrick fitzgerald, first tried sweet-talking our lawyers, saying he did not need us to name our sources, just to specify how many sources we had and when we had talked to them. n






both sides laud robert mueller as special counsel, even as trump says he faces a


while president trump said he respects the justice department’s decision to name robert mueller special counsel of an fbi investigation into possible collusion between trump’s presidential campaign and russia, he still insists it’s a non-story -- a "witch hunt."“there has been no collusion between certainly myself and the campaign … and the russians. zero,” trump said at a news conference on thursday.in a week that’s seen its share of news, the announcement of mueller as special counsel has mostly been lauded by democrats and republicans alike.here are some of friday's headlines, and a snippet of a radio interview by house speaker paul d. ryan (r-wisc.):robert mueller: a solid choice for trump-russia investigation ‘special counsel’ (national review)mueller has served under both republican






trump says investigation by special counsel "will confirm what we already know"


the white house issued a short statement wednesday night saying the investigation by special counsel appointed to investigate president trump's administration and russian meddling in the 2016 election will "confirm what we already know." "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," mr. trump said in a statement issued by the white house. "i look forward to this matter concluding quickly. in the meantime, i will never stop fighting for the people and the issues that matter most to the future of our country."deputy attorney general rod rosenstein selected former fbi director robert mueller to be special counsel in charge of the investigation.   rosenstein made the surprise announ






eye opener: special counsel assigned to russia investigation - videos


may 18, 2017, 7:01 am|former fbi director robert mueller is named special counsel to lead the investigation into russia's election meddling. also, grunge music pioneer and soundgarden lead singer chris cornell dies suddenly after a show. all that and all that matters in today's eye opener. your world in 90 seconds. get the eye opener delivered straight to your inbox.






naming robert mueller as special prosecutor isn't enough — because trump can get


there is now credible evidence that president trump pressed then-fbi director james b. comey to end the investigation of michael flynn, the administration’s first national security advisor. if true, trump could be guilty of obstruction of justice. but there is no mechanism in place to ensure a truly independent inquiry of this or other possibly illegal actions by high-level trump officials.congress should therefore renew the independent counsel statute providing for the appointment of a special prosecutor, one who cannot be fired by the president or the attorney general.on wednesday, deputy atty. gen. rod rosenstein announced he was appointing former fbi director robert s. mueller iii as independent special prosecutor to take over the justice department investigation of russian meddling in






robert mueller appointed special counsel to investigate any coordination between


deputy attorney general rod rosenstein has appointed former fbi director robert mueller to serve as special counsel to oversee the previously confirmed fbi investigation of russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election and related matters."i have determined that a special counsel is necessary in order for the american people to have full confidence in the outcome," rosenstein said in a statement. the letter announcing the appointment reads that mueller is authorized to investigate "any links and/or coordination between the russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of president donald trump; and...any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation."  the white house issued a short statement wednesday night saying the investigation by spec






special counsel, special prosecutor: what's the difference?


former fbi director robert mueller has been appointed special counsel to oversee the investigation into the trump administration's alleged ties with russia and interference in the presidential election. many people use the term "special prosecutor", or "independent counsel". here's what you need to know about the terms. who was calling for a special prosecutor, and why?congressional democrats, mostly. they wanted one because they don't think the trump administration is capable of investigating itself impartially when it comes to president trump's ties to russia. those fears were exacerbated when president trump fired the fbi director, james comey, and further exacerbated when the existence of a memo written by mr comey came to light, in which he detailed how mr trump asked him to back off






can a special counsel uncover the truth? dream on


bloomberg viewthe appointment of a special counsel is always a tragedy, in the sense that going under the surgeon's knife is always a tragedy. like the human body, the government should function smoothly without the need to slice and cut. the justice department brings in an outsider only when the public does not trust the executive branch to investigate itself. even when, as now, there may be good reason for the mistrust, the moment is hardly one for celebration. even when we know surgery is necessary, we do not throw parties.so although i fervently hope that robert mueller will perform as admirably in the role of special counsel as he did in the role of director of the federal bureau of investigation, i am not ready to turn handsprings. like most of us, i would like to know the truth abou






here's what you need to know about special prosecutors


a special prosecutor, or independent counsel, enjoys broad investigative power with wider-ranging authority than a typical federal prosecutor.the law calls for appointment of a special counsel if it is determined a criminal probe is warranted, the investigation “would present a conflict of interest” for the justice department and it would be “in the public interest” to place the matter in the hands of someone outside the administration.the “special” simply means they’ve been selected to pursue a specific matter; a kind of one-off.on wednesday, former fbi director robert s. mueller iii was appointed to be a special prosecutor for the justice department’s investigation of russian meddling in the 2016 election and any coordination between donald trump's campaign and russian intelligence.deput






special counsel will not interfere with congress russia probes


u.s. house of representatives speaker paul ryan said on thursday he did not believe the appointment of robert mueller as special counsel will interfere with congressional probes of russia and the 2016 u.s. election.ryan also told his weekly news conference that he was in a meeting last night with deputy attorney general rod rosenstein and congressional leaders, but would not comment on the discussion.(reporting by patricia zengerle and doina chiacu; editing by jeffrey benkoe)






robert mueller appointed special counsel to investigate any coordination between


deputy attorney general rod rosenstein has appointed former fbi director robert mueller to serve as special counsel to oversee the previously confirmed fbi investigation of russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election and related matters."i have determined that a special counsel is necessary in order for the american people to have full confidence in the outcome," rosenstein said in a statement. the letter announcing the appointment says that mueller is authorized to investigate "any links and/or coordination between the russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of president donald trump; and...any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation."  the white house released a brief statement wednesday night from the president, saying that






congress welcomes robert mueller as special counsel, some more enthusiastically


reaction in congress was lopsided over the appointment of robert s. mueller iii as a special counsel to investigate russian interference in the election and possible links to president trump's campaign, as democrats welcomed the inquiry and republicans gave lukewarm support.senate minority leader charles e. schumer (d-n.y.) called the appointment late wednesday "very much needed."schumer said deputy atty. gen. rod rosenstein did "the right thing" by naming mueller to the job.but republicans, who have preferred to keep the investigation relegated to congressional committees, were less enthused and slower to react. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell (r-ky.) said the appointment "confirms that the investigation into russian intervention into our election will continue."house speaker paul






former fbi director robert mueller tapped to lead russia probe


advertisement | advertise on newsdaythen-incoming fbi director james comey talks with outgoing fbi director robert mueller in washington, sept. 4, 2013. (credit: ap) doj turns to fbi vetthe department of justice has appointed a special prosecutor to lead the agency’s probe into russia’s alleged interference in last year’s presidential election.former fbi director robert mueller was tapped by deputy attorney general rod rosenstein to serve as a special counsel tasked with overseeing the ongoing russia investigation, which includes looking at possible...






the latest: trump assails naming of counsel as 'witch hunt'


washington — the latest on president donald trump (all times local):7:55 a.m.president donald trump is assailing the naming of a special counsel as "the single greatest witch hunt of a politician in american history!"trump is responding to the appointment of former fbi director robert mueller as special counsel to lead a probe of allegations that trump's campaign collaborated with russia to sway the election.in another tweet thursday morning, he claims, "with all of the illegal acts that took place in the clinton campaign & obama administration, there was never a special councel (sic) appointed!" trump later deleted and retweeted that statement to correct the spelling of "counsel."he did not provide examples or evidence of any alleged "illegal acts."trump fired fbi director james comey las






special counsel to lead trump-russia probe


washington - the justice department appointed a special counsel wednesday to investigate possible coordination between trump 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 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 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 comey last week.most popular






congress welcomes robert mueller as special counsel, some more enthusiastically


reaction in congress was lopsided over the appointment of robert mueller as a special counsel to investigate russian interference in the election and possible links to president trump's campaign, as democrats welcomed the probe and republicans gave lukewarm support.senate minority leader charles e. schumer (d-n.y.) called the appointment late wednesday "very much needed."schumer said deputy attorney general rod rosenstein did "the right thing" by naming mueller to the job.but republicans, who have preferred to keep the investigation relegated to congressional committees, were less enthused and slower to react. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell (r-ky.) said the appoint "confirms that the investigation into russian intervention into our election will continue."house speaker paul d. ryan






special counsel robert mueller is bad news for donald trump — and russia


putin wanted america in chaos and got it. but his winning streak is about to end.        






colorado’s delegation welcomes appointment of robert mueller as special counsel


washington — colorado lawmakers roundly applauded the decision wednesday evening to appoint former fbi director robert mueller as special counsel to investigate russian meddling into the 2016 election, though at least two democrats said they wanted more.both u.s. sen. michael bennet and u.s. rep. jared polis, d-boulder, said the mueller decision — while welcome — didn’t go as far as their preference of having a full commission examine the 2016 race and whether russian involvement included contacts with the campaign of president donald trump.“this is a critical first step, but i still believe we need an independent commission,” said bennet in a statement.added polis: “good first step, but we still need an independent, nonpartisan commission.”the general feeling among colorado lawmakers, how






on special counsel, democrats played republicans for fools


after an avalanche of bad press this week, the trump white house finally caved. former fbi director robert mueller is now special counsel for the investigation into russian efforts to interfere with the 2016 presidential election. the decision will shape the trump presidency in unforeseeable ways. right now, considering the ongoing political siege against the administration, this looks like an unnecessary risk that could turn into a major blunder.yes, there are clear, thoughtful reasons for deputy attorney general rod rosenstein to appoint a special counsel (the replacement position for the better-known “special prosecutor” role, which expired under statute in 1999). many americans right now are skeptical of the effectiveness and impartiality of our core law enforcement institutions to han






trump says special counsel appointment "hurts our country terribly"


president trump believes that the appointment of a special counsel "hurts our country terribly," he said thursday, a day after a special counsel was appointed to oversee the fbi investigation into russian efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election, including any ties between russia and mr. trump's campaign. asked about the appointment at a lunch with television network anchors, the president said, "i believe it hurts our country terribly, because it shows we're a divided, mixed-up, not-unified country.  and we have very important things to be doing right now, whether it's trade deals, whether it's military, whether it's stopping nuclear -- all of the things that we discussed today.  and i think this shows a very divided country."on wednesday, deputy attorney general rod rosenstein






mueller talks about his values, work ethic, at granddaughter's graduation


former fbi director robert mueller on memorial day made his first public appearance since he was appointed as special counsel for the federal investigation into russian election meddling.mueller spoke at his granddaughter's graduation ceremony at the tabor academy in massachusetts, a college preparatory school. he urged the young graduates to act with "honesty and integrity.  playvideocbsnformer fbi director james comey coordinating with special counsel former fbi director james comey is coordinating with robert mueller, the special counsel in charge of the investigation into possible ties betwee... "in the end, it is not what we do, but how we do it," mueller said. "whatever we do, we must act with honesty and with integrity. and regardless of your chosen career, you are only as good as y






here’s what you need to know about special prosecutors


a special prosecutor, or independent counsel, enjoys broad investigative power with wider-ranging authority than a typical federal prosecutor. the law calls for appointment of a special counsel if it is determined a criminal probe is warranted, the investigation “would present a conflict of interest” for the justice department and it would be “in the public interest”…






hitting special counsel, trump calls russia probe 'greatest witch hunt' in u.s.


hours after accepting special counsel decision, trump took to twitter thursday to protest the pick.        






in kentucky, trump order ‘devastating’ to local refugees


closeskip in skipxembedxshare it appears donald trump is sticking with his promise of 'extreme vetting.' video provided by newsy newslookreem kabbani, left, spoke with kentucky refugee ministries case worker napoleon akayezu, right, while her son mohammed hadi haj omar gazed at balloons that were given to home. the family of syrian refugees arrived at louisville international airport as president donal trump was being sworn into office. jan. 20, 2017(p o: by pat mcdonogh, the cj)louisville, ky. — president trump on friday signed an executive order for “extreme vetting” measures aimed at temporarily halting the flow of refugees, a move that was met with dismay and anxiety in louisville’s large refugee community, whose growth stood to be sharply curtailed.it included a 120-day pause on all r