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Acting director of the Justice Department Rod Rosenstein has announced the appointment of a special counsel to take charge of inquiries into allegations of Russian “meddling” in the presidential election of 2016.

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller, who was appointed by President George W. Bush in 2001 and had been in his position only a few months on September 11, continued in service in the Obama administration beyond his initial ten-year term and is highly regarded by both Republicans and Democrats, who were quick to respond with favorable reactions to the DOJ announcement.

Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer, Democrat from New York, issued a statement also praising Mueller and the appointment.

“Former Director Mueller is exactly the right kind of individual for this job. I now have significantly greater confidence that the investigation will follow the facts wherever they lead.”

U.S. Rep. Jason Chaffetz praised the selection saying, “Mueller is a great selection. Impeccable credentials. Should be widely accepted.”

 A fast moving series of events following President Trump’s firing of FBI Director James Comey resulted in increasing speculation on both sides of the aisle, including the use of the “I” word –impeachment – and rising hysteria in the mainstream media triggering the need for an independent figure to take charge of the probes, tamp down the noise and do the actual business of investigating the possibility that Russia interfered in the election.

Mueller, who has a stellar reputation, has resigned from his law practice and with his government service having ended in 2013, will have broad power to follow the facts where they lead, without regard to building a career.

Rosenstein made the announcement on Wednesday afternoon stressing that the appointment is not a finding of the commission of crimes.

“In my capacity as acting Attorney General, I determined that it is in the public interest for me to exercise my authority and appoint a Special Counsel to assume responsibility for this matter.”

“My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted.

The appointment gives Mueller sweeping powers, including the power to issue subpoenas and impanel a grand jury.

Congressional Democrats “jumped the shark” with U.S. Rep. Al Green rising on the floor of the House of Representatives demanding the impeachment of President Trump and the members of the media seeking to outdo themselves with hyperbole, frothing and screaming for the president’s head all without evidence of the commission of any crime.

 

The federal statute providing for the appointment has been used only once before when an investigation into the government siege under the Clinton administration in Waco, Texas at the Branch Davidian compound resulted in a year-long investigation costing millions of dollars and resulting in a finding that cleared Clinton’s administration and his Attorney General Janet Reno of any wrongdoing.

Mueller’s appointment is expected to allow Trump and the Republican caucus to return to the president’s agenda, which has suffered as the news cycle has focused exclusively on speculation, innuendo, and rumor with even the New York Times and Washington Post resorting to quoting “anonymous” sources.

 

 

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