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Ex-FBI chief Robert Mueller to head Trump-Russia probe

May 18, 2017, 7:36 AM EDT
Former FBI chief Robert Mueller
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Amid growing calls for an independent investigation into the alleged links between the Trump campaign and Russia, the U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday appointed former FBI chief Robert Mueller as special counsel to lead the ongoing probe.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, who signed the order, said handing over the inquiry to a person outside the normal chain of command aligns with public interest, writes the BBC.

The move, which follows the uproar over President Donald Trump’s sacking of ex-FBI chief James Comey, was praised by top officials from both parties on the House oversight and government reform committee, notes The Guardian.

Trump has been in strong denial of any Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election and has described the probe a waste of taxpayer’s money.