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A special counsel? Robert Mueller has been appointed as just that.

Boston's Morning Show with Kim & VB
May 18, 2017 - 7:24 am

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller has been appointed to oversee the investigation into the alleged Russian interference with the 2016 presidential election as well as the possible collusion between Russia and the Trump campaign. Now what is a "special counsel"? Why not a special prosecutor? What is the difference between a special prosecutor and a special counsel? Both have the authority to investigate into allegations with anything that could potentially have a conflict of interest within the Department of Justice itself. It was after the Watergate scandal back in the 70s that congress went forth and passed a law that a three judge panel could appoint an "independent counsel". Well that law was abandoned after some other scandals occurred such as the Iran-Contra investigation as well as Clinton'sWhitewater land deal. Now the President has always had the authority to appoint a special prosecutor but then they gave that power to the Attorney General as well so both have the power to appoint a special counsel. This was an interesting case though because our current Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself so the power and decision went to the Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. Therefore in this case it was Rod Rosenstein who appointed Mueller to be a special counsel to take care of this investigation into Russia and any alleged collusion. 

Robert Mueller was at the FBI bureau about 13 years at the helm of being Director after he then retired. He served under presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama. He is 72 years old and attended Princeton University, New York University, and the University of Virginia where he received his law degree. Interesting fact, he is a former ice hockey player. He also was appointed FBI Director only a week prior to the 9/11 attacks, which prompted him to turn the FBI bureau from a crime fighting organization into a central unit for anti-terrorism establishment. Mueller has received a good amount of bipartisan support throughout his career making him a good choice to be this special counsel. 

Democrats feel a bit at ease now that Mueller has been appointed. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has "significally greater confidence that the investigation will follow the facts". 

We shall see how this special counsel handles the investigation. We'll be following it closely as will most of the public and the media.

Read more about Robert Mueller HERE


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