Justice Department appoints special prosecutor to investigate Russia, Trump campaign ties


Here we go: In the investigation between potential collusion between Russian hacking efforts and members of the Donald Trump campaign, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has just announced the appointment of a special prosecutor.

“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.”

Rosenstein has appointed ex-FBI Director Robert Mueller, who served in the George W. Bush and Barack Obama administrations, to the role.

Full Rosenstein statement on appointment: pic.twitter.com/dVVHe78Aj7

— Cameron Joseph (@cam_joseph) May 17, 2017


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