The US Justice Department has appointed former FBI Head Robert Mueller to oversee the investigation of the connections between the Russian government and the Trump campaign in the 2016 election:

Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein has had his name in the headlines since he issued the infamous memo President Trump requested of him to make the case for terminating Comey in early may. The Deputy Attorney General gave the following justification of why this Special Prosecutor was appointed in this statement. “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. A special counsel is necessary in order for the American people to have full confidence in the outcome. Our nation is grounded on the rule of law, and the Public must be assured that government officials administer the law fairly.”

Mueller served briefly as Deputy Attorney General under President George W. Bush before becoming the head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation just prior to James Comey’s appointment by Barack Obama in 2013.

Since leaving the FBI, Mueller has been a professor and lecturer at Stanford University on cyber-security. Mueller is also a partner the law firm of WilmerHale, which he is expected to resign from after his appointment as special prosecutor in the Trump-Russia investigation.