Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election on Wednesday. The investigation will also include potential collusion between Trump campaign associates and Russian officials, according to CNN.
“Attorney General Jeff Sessions previously recused himself from any involvement in the Russia investigation due to is role as a prominent campaign adviser and surrogate,” note Diamond and Jarrett.
President Donald Trump and his administration have faced intense criticism from Democrats and many Republicans ever since Trump fired FBI Director James Comey last week in the middle of the Bureau’s investigation into the Trump campaign’s ties to the Kremlin.
That criticism only increased after The Times reported on Tuesday that, according to a memo Comey wrote in February, the President had personally asked him to close down the agency’s investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.