Former FBI Director Robert Mueller Named Special Counsel for Russia Probe

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Deputy AG Rod Rosenstein cites ‘public interest’ in naming Mr. Mueller

Robert Mueller, right, arriving for a court hearing in San Francisco in April.
Robert Mueller, right, arriving for a court hearing in San Francisco in April.PHOTO: JEFF CHIU/ASSOCIATED PRESS

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 interest, he said, “requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command.”

Mr. Rosenstein cautioned that his decision wasn’t the result of a “finding…

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