FBI boss Robert Mueller appointed as special counsel to Trump-Russia investigation

So far, no evidence of collusion has been presented, but the question has consumed the first four months of Trump's presidency and spurred multiple crises that have left the White House shell-shocked.

Trump made the remark on Twitter on May 18, a day after the U.S. Justice Department appointed a special counsel to oversee a probe into Moscow's alleged meddling as well as possible collusion between Russian Federation and his campaign.

In another Twitter post Thursday, Trump said: "With all of the illegal acts that took place in the Clinton campaign & Obama Administration, there was never a special councel (sic) appointed!"

With the stroke of a pen, Rod Rosenstein redeemed his reputation, preserved the justice system, pulled American politics back from the brink - and, just possibly, saved the Republican Party and President Trump from themselves.

The public interest, he said, "requires me to place this investigation into the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command".

Richard Nixon resigned in order to avoid impeachment and expulsion from office in the wake of the Watergate scandal that rocked the White House. Trump said. He did not specify what exactly he saw as "illegal acts".

The special counsel can also ask for his jurisdiction to be widened.

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The appointment gives Mueller, who led the Federal Bureau of Investigation through the September 11 terrorist attacks and served under presidential administrations of both parties, sweeping powers to investigate whether Trump campaign associates colluded with the Kremlin to influence the outcome in his behalf, as well as the authority to prosecute any crimes uncovered during the probe.

In some ways, his appointment could relieve pressure on the Trump White House.

"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", Trump's statement said. Mr. Mueller still technically answers to the Justice Department, but it would appear that he has a bright green light to investigate wherever the facts lead him.

Comey reportedly caved in and called the investigation a "matter" even though, according to the Times, Comey was aware of the existence of a document written by a Democratic operative that allegedly indicated Lynch would have protected Clinton in the email probe. A memo reportedly written by Comey was subsequently leaked, and it revealed that the president had asked Comey to end the investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn's ties to Russian Federation.

And almost everybody had lost track of the most important issue: Russian Federation, arguably our leading global adversary, had successfully meddled in a US presidential election - undermining confidence in our system of government - and was ready to do it again. News reports point to heightened tension among Trump's senior aides who now have to be extra careful about what they say or do.

Of course, Graham is no friend of Trump and has opposed him from the beginning of the term, but he's taking his opposition up another notch over the Comey investigation.

The term "special prosecutor'" in the United States context harks back to the Watergate scandal, when President Nixon's attorney general appointed Archibald Cox to lead an independent investigation. "Look at the way I've been treated lately, especially by the media".

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