Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein has appointed former FBI Director Bob Mueller as special counsel to oversee the investigation into the alleged ties between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 presidential campaign, The Daily Caller reports.
The 72-year-old Mueller assumed the post of FBI Director for 12 years after he was appointed by President George W Bush.
As special counsel, Mueller will be directing the prosecutors and FBI agents who are working on the Russia investigation.
In a statement, Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein said, “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.”
The appointment comes as Democrats have repeatedly called for an appointment of a “special prosecutor” to look into possible Russian interference.
Such calls have intensified in recent days after reports emerged that former FBI Director James Comey had written a memo alleging the president had asked him to stop investigation into former National Security Adviser Michael Flynn.