Special prosecutor named in FBI Russia-Trump investigation

Special prosecutor named in FBI Russia-Trump investigation
Former FBI Director Robert Mueller, seen here testifying before Congress, was named special prosecutor for the investigation into alleged collusion between the Trump campaign and the Russian government. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

After weeks of Democrats and other critics of President Trump demanding it, Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein named Wednesday a special prosecutor in the investigation into alleged Trump campaign collusion with the Russian government before the 2016 election.

Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein explained why he appointed a special counsel for the investigation in a statement released to the press. “Considering the unique circumstances of this matter,” he said, “I have determined that a special counsel is necessary for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome.”

“Our nation is grounded in the rule of law and the public must be assured that government officials administer the law fairly,” the statement continued. “Special Counsel Mueller will have the appropriate resources to conduct a thorough and complete investigation, and I am confident that he will follow the facts, apply the law and reach a just result.”

“Special Counsel Mueller has agreed to resign from his private law firm in order to avoid any conflicts of interest with firm clients or attorneys,” it concluded.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has been demanding a special prosecutor in order to ensure the independence of the investigation, but many conservatives have pushed back against the suggestion, including Mark Levin. Some Republicans, however, joined the call for special counsel, including Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) in February.

The Department of Justice is appointing a special prosecutor to investigate Russian government efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election, CBS News has learned.

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