The Justice Department on Wednesday appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special prosecutor to oversee the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, including investigating a potential collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign associates and Russian officials.
In a letter obtained by CNN, Rod Rosenstein the Deputy Attorney General Rod appointed Mueller to the position.
According to the Justice Department order signed by Rosenstein, Mueller in the role as special prosecutor is authorized to prosecute federal crimes arising from the investigation of these matters.
Mueller’s appointment is aimed at quelling the wave of criticism that Trump and his administration have faced since Trump fired FBI Director James Comey last week in the middle of the FBI’s intensifying investigation into contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian officials.
In a brief statement, Mueller said, “I accept this responsibility and will discharge it to the best of my ability.”