On Wednesday Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced the appointment of former Department of Justice official and FBI Director Robert Mueller III to serve as Special Counsel to oversee the previously verified FBI investigation of Russian government efforts to influence the outcome of the 2016 U.S. presidential election and related matters.
Political support has grown stronger in recent days and opinion polls show widespread support for the appointment of a Special Counsel to oversee the FBI investigation after President Trump unexpectedly fired FBI Director James Comey last week and a variety of contradictory explanations for the director’s abrupt termination were provided by White House officials.
President Trump’s controversies in recent days have sparked outrage across the country as his presidential approval ratings sink to historic lows and his administration struggles to control the narrative and to contain the political damage.
Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein said on Wednesday that it’s in the public interest to exercise his authority and appoint a Special Counsel who can remain independent and assume responsibility of the issue.
“My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted. I have made no such determination. What I have determined is that 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 released statement.
Rosenstein admitted that after considering the unique circumstances of this matter, he determined that 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” Rosenstein said.
Rosenstein emphasized that Special Counsel Mueller will have all appropriate resources to conduct a thorough and complete investigation.
Republican Rep. Darrell Issa (R- California) offered some encouraging words about the appointment of Robert Mueller III to oversee the investigation about Russia’s past efforts to interfere with the 2016 U.S. presidential election.
“It’s good that we now have a focal point of somebody that we all trust” Rep. Issa told reporters on Wednesday.
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