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Justice Department Appoints Robert Mueller as Special Counsel for Russia Investigation

19 Mai 2017

In two tweets Thursday morning, President Donald Trump dispensed with the notion that he had taken in stride the news of the Justice Department's appointment of a special counsel for the probe into Russia's interference in the 2016 election.

The tweet came after the US Justice Department appointed a special counsel to oversee the investigation into alleged links between the Trump team and Moscow.

In addition to complaining he was being abused in unprecedented ways, he took aim at his former presidential rival, Hillary Clinton, saying she never faced a special counsel despite "all the illegal acts that took place" in her campaign.

Under pressure to provide guarantees to Congress and the public that the Russian Federation probe will continue unhindered, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein tapped Robert Mueller - a widely respected figure who headed the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the decade after the 9/11 attacks - to take over the reins. But GOP lawmakers have grown increasingly anxious since Trump fired Comey, who had been leading the bureau's probe - and after Comey associates said he had notes from a meeting in which Trump asked him to shut down the investigation into the Russian Federation ties of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn. Rosenstein's surprise move essentially acted as a circuit breaker, stopping what was beginning to look like Watergate on fast forward and offering a respite from an atmosphere of crisis and finger-pointing that left Trump's GOP allies stumbling in the dark.

Mueller was named as special counsel on Wednesday, one day after a report surfaced that Trump had requested ex-FBI Director James Comey end any investigations involving National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's contacts with Russian Federation.

Senate leader Mitch McConnell on Wednesday stressed that while Mueller's appointment "confirms that the investigation into Russian intervention into our election will continue", the Senate committee's probe would also stay active.

The appointment was a concession by the Trump administration, which had resisted calls from Democrats to turn the investigation over to outside counsel.

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"Even the democrats frankly said they want to see the president get a little bit of space and a little bit of patience, they still want to see if he can deliver on some of his other promises. this is not issue number one here and certainly not eroded support among trump's core base".

But Rosenstein's decision prompted further outrage from Trump.

President Donald Trump summoned his top advisers to discuss the new development in the Trump-Russia investigation.

Washington lawmakers from both parties have expressed confidence in Mueller. Philip Mudd, former deputy director of the FBI's national security branch under Mueller, explained to CNN: "Every American who thinks that this is a moment of turmoil, whether they like the president or not, should breathe easy tonight: Robert Mueller is solid ground". "I urge Mr. Mueller to follow the facts wherever they may lead-with integrity and independence".

The president's daughter also works in the White House.

Thursday was not the first time Mr Trump has made baseless claims without providing any evidence.

Flynn ended up being fired from the position after just 24 days.