Former FBI Director Robert Mueller to Lead Russia Investigation
The U.S. Justice Department has named a special counsel to investigate whether Russia and Donald Trump's campaign worked together to influence the 2016 presidential election.
The Justice Department said in a statement Wednesday that former FBI Director Robert Mueller will oversee the investigation of "Russian government efforts to influence the 2016 election and related matters."
Trump said Wednesday the independent investigation will show, in his words, "there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity."
Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein made the appointment. He said, "I have determined that a special counsel is necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome" of the investigation.
Mueller served as FBI director under both Republican and Democratic presidents. He led the agency from 2001 to 2013, before ousted director James Comey.
President Trump fired Comey last week.
A small but growing number of Republican lawmakers have joined Democrats in calling for an independent investigation into possible ties between Russia and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.
Reaction from both Republican and Democratic lawmakers about Mueller's appointment was positive.
Mueller's investigation would be separate from the ongoing investigations by the FBI and several Congressional committees.
The calls for an independent and non-political appointment have grown following Comey's dismissal. And news reports Tuesday said that Comey wrote a memo describing a meeting he had with President Trump in February. In the memo, Comey reportedly wrote that Trump asked him to stop the investigation of former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn's ties to Russia.
Three Republican-led congressional committees have said they want Comey to answer questions about the memo. Lawmakers also want the FBI to hand over any notes that Comey left about discussions he had with White House officials on the Russia investigation.
Congressional investigators are also asking for documents from the Justice Department related to the firing.
Stocks fell sharply on Wall Street Wednesday, as investors worried about how the latest problems in Washington could affect Trump's plans for the economy.
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1.National Security 国家安全
He was not seen as a risk to national security.
2.hand over 交出；移交
He also handed over a letter of apology from the Prime Minister
3.separate from 把...分开
He lives separate from his family.
4.independent investigation 独立调查
Congress ordered an independent investigation of the deaths.
1.Mueller served as FBI director under both Republican and Democratic presidents.
served as 作为；担任
She ushered me into the front room, which served as her office.
For seven years until 1991 he served as a district councillor in Solihull.
2.A small but growing number of Republican lawmakers have joined Democrats in calling for an independent investigation into possible ties between Russia and Trump's 2016 presidential campaign.
presidential campaign 总统竞选
She handled travel arrangements for the press corps during the presidential campaign.
Some fear he is too thin-skinned to survive the rough-and-tumble of a presidential campaign.
美国司法部任命了一位特别检察官调查俄罗斯和唐纳德·特朗普（Donald Trump）的竞选团队是否合力干预2016年的总统大选 。
周三，司法部在一份声明中表示，前联邦调查局（FBI）局长罗伯特·穆勒（Robert Mueller）将领导对于“俄罗斯试图干预2016年美国大选及相关事宜”的调查 。
司法部副部长罗德·罗森斯坦（Rod Rosenstein）做出了这一项任命 。他表示，“我决心任命一位特别检察官，这是很有必要，以便让美国人民对调查结果有信心 。”
穆勒在共和党和民主党总统执政时期都担任过联邦调查局局长 。他曾于2001年至2013年担任联邦调查局局长，是被撤职的詹姆斯·科米（James Comey）的上一任局长 。
科米被解雇一事助长了任命独立和非政治检察官的呼声 。周二的一篇新闻报道称，科米在一份备案录中描述了2月份与特朗普总统会面的情况 。据悉，备忘录显示，特朗普要求他停止调查卷入涉俄问题的前国家安全顾问迈克尔·弗林（Michael Flynn） 。
由共和党领导的三个国会委员会表示，希望科米解释备忘录中的相关问题 。议员还希望联邦调查局交出科米留下的与白宫官员讨论的涉俄问题所有记录 。