The Department of Justice has announced a special counsel to investigate President Donald Trump
In a statement
, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein
said that former FBI director Robert Mueller
will “oversee the previously-confirmed FBI investigation of Russian government efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election, and related matters.”
The statement reads:
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.
The announcement comes just one day after the explosive New York Times report
which claims that fired FBI Director James Comey
was told directly by Trump to stop the probe on former National Security Advisor Lt.
. Mike Flynn
Tuesday, shortly after the Times
report was published, House minority leader Nancy Pelosi said in a statement that she and her fellow House Democrats intended to demand a floor vote
on an independent investigation into the Trump-Russia connection.
Even some House Republicans stepped up their criticism of Trump on Wednesday. Congressman Justin Amash of Michigan said Wednesday that if the Times
report proved to be true, it would constitute grounds for impeachment
Full details of the independent probe have yet to be reported, but Business Insider filed a report
last week detailing the etymology of the term.
A “special counsel” is a modern day term for a “special prosecutor,” according to Banks, and any investigation would likely use the term “special counsel.” The term “special prosecutor” was used up through the 1980s, after which the laws around special prosecutors expired and were not renewed, therefore retiring the term.
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