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    Special Counsel Will Take Over FBI Russia Campaign Interference Investigation

    Special Counsel Will Take Over FBI Russia Campaign Interference Investigation

    May 17 2017, 6:40 pm ET
    by Pete Williams and Ken Dilanian

    Bowing to public and Congressional pressure, Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Bob Mueller on Wednesday to be a special counsel overseeing the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 campaign, Justice Department officials said.

    Mueller will take command of the prosecutors and FBI agents who are working on the far reaching Russia investigation, which spans multiple FBI field offices on both coasts.

    "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," Rosenstein said in a statement. "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."

    Mueller led the FBI for 12 years under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. He is second only to J. Edgar Hoover for longest tenure for an FBI chief.

    Mueller has agreed to resign from his private law firm in order to avoid any conflicts of interest, the AG's office said.

    The FBI, with the help of the Treasury Department, the CIA and other agencies, has been examining evidence of possible contacts, money transfers and business relationships between a variety of President Trump's associates and Russian officials, sources say.

    The investigation goes well beyond a possible American connection, to include how Russian intelligence services carried out the campaign of fake news and leaking hacked emails that intelligence officials say was meant to hurt Hillary Clinton and benefit Trump.

    But the question of whether Trump associates colluded with Russia is consuming public interest. No evidence has surfaced publicly linking Trump himself to the Russian interference effort.

    Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah and the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, called Mueller a "great selection."

    The last special counsel was Patrick Fitzgerald, who was tapped in 2003 to investigate the leaking of a CIA operative's name.

    Under Justice Department regulations issued in 1999, a special counsel is not fully independent of the Justice Department.

    According to a Congressional Research Service report, the attorney general — or in this case, Rosenstein, since Attorney General Jeff Sessions has recused himself — must be notified of any specific actions the special counsel intends to take, and has the ability to countermand those proposed actions.

    Modern special counsels have less independence than the special prosecutors employed during the Watergate investigations of the 1970s, who were appointed under a law that has now expired.

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    What a great decision by Rob Rosenstein!! This other nonsense with the FBI leakers and liars leading this witch hunt is now over. Plus this special counsel can hunt down, charge and prosecute leakers and liars who are actually the ones obstructing justice in the true definition of the term as it relates to the "Russia Inquiry" and all the leaks related to this bag of phooey.
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    Department, the CIA and other agencies, has been examining evidence of p[QUOTEThe FBI, with the help of the Treasury possible contacts, money transfers and business relationships between a variety of President Trump's associates and Russian officials, sources say.
    What about Podesta, Clinton and even McCaine? They all should be investigated there were others involved in the election besides Trump. Dig it all up and get it out there.
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    Yes, and the FBI needs to be investigated which is frankly why I think the ultimate decision to hire Mueller and establish a Special Counsel was made. There are portions of the FBI that are corrupt and rotten to the core. I think what Mueller is going to discover because he's very smart and will have veyr smart private lawyers working in his office, is that there is no evidence that Russia even hacked the DNC, what they're going to find out is the FBI hacked the DNC for political reasons and the CIA created a fabricated cover for that FBI hacking.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Judy View Post
    What a great decision by Rob Rosenstein!! This other nonsense with the FBI leakers and liars leading this witch hunt is now over. Plus this special counsel can hunt down, charge and prosecute leakers and liars who are actually the ones obstructing justice in the true definition of the term as it relates to the "Russia Inquiry" and all the leaks related to this bag of phooey.
    We must have a psychic connection or something, because I was just about to post something here and using the term "witch hunt". That's exactly what it is.

    And what about when Hillary's husband got a bj from Lewinsky in the oval office. Not only was that very disrespectful of the oval office, but he should've been impeached immediately for that, but the crooked media played it down like it was some joke. As far as the media is concerned, Democrats can do no wrong, but all Republicans are criminals.

    They are so angry that their candidate lost that after all this time they are still calling for Trump's impeachment. Not only are Democrats sore losers for not getting their way, but they are very childish and petty. Remember when Bush Jr. came into office and the previous Clinton administration ripped all the Ws from the keyboards, before leaving, because it was Bush's middle initial? They acted like spoiled little children. Just because they were angry that a Republican won. Hmm, just like now.
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    Excusez moi - put Monseiur PUTIN LAUGHS On - than GOD for an international sense of humor in 2017.
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    Also, Hillary is like a spoiled child who needs to get revenge if she doesn't get her way. Let's not forget how she went after Obama after she lost the election to him. For God's sake, she even MADE him give her a position in his cabinet so she would get off his back about STEALING the election from her. Now she's doing the same thing to Trump. And she's determined not to stop until he goes down. That will show him for stealing an election that should have been her right to win. How dare he? She is a vengeful b***.
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