May 17, 2017 (WASHINGTON) Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has appointed Bob Mueller, former FBI chief during the George W Bush Administration, special prosecutor. in the Russia matter In a statement he said:
“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, 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.”
According to multiple reporting, the White House was not informed of this. Attorney General Jeff Sessions did recuse himself on the matter back in March. During his hearings, he was asked if he would even consider a special prosecutor, to which he said he would if the evidence went there.
With the possible existence of contemporaneous memos by former FBI director James Comey on his conversations with the President, and alleged request to stop his inquiry into Michael Flynn, we might be facing obstruction of justice.
Late in the day, the White House has released a statement In it President Donald Trump said that:
“As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know — there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity. I look forward to this matter concluding quickly. In the meantime, I will never stop fighting for the people and the issues that matter most to the future of our country.”
Story updated to reflect developments