Former FBI Director Appointed In Russia Probe

Added On May 18, 2017

The U.S. Justice Department has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel for the probe into Russian interference in the U.S. elections.

Mueller's appointment follows President Donald Trump's firing of FBI chief James Comey last week, and allegations Trump asked Comey to end the ongoing Russian probe.

U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said "a Special Counsel is necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome."

He also stressed the appointment was not indicative of any crimes or that prosecution was warranted.

Trump responded to the appointment in a statement saying he looked forward to the matter being resolved quickly.

Mueller, who served as FBI director between 2001 and 2013, will investigate possible collusion between the Russian government and Trump's election campaign staff.

He will have the authority to prosecute any federal crimes found in the probe.

Trump has denied Russian interference in his election victory. Moscow also rejected claims by U.S. intelligence of its involvement in the campaign.