Former FBI Director Mueller Appointed Special Counsel Of Russia Probe

Tyler Durden's picture

Update 1:

According to the latest DOJ comments, the White House was only informed of Rosenstein's decision to appoint a Special Counsel in the Russian probe after the order was signed.  Per Bloomberg:

*WHITE HOUSE TOLD OF MUELLER APPOINTMENT AFTER ORDER SIGNED: DOJ

Courtesy of Bloomberg's Jennifer Jacobs, here is a full breakdown of today's sequence of events:

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The Department of Justice has announced the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as Special Counsel to oversee the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, including potential collusion between Trump campaign associates and Russian officials.

Acting Attorney General Rod Rosenstein made the decision to appoint Mueller, the Justice Department told reporters Wednesday. It isn’t clear if Trump had a role in the decision, Bloomberg reported.

The appointment of Mueller, who oversaw the FBI during the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, comes at a time when the White House is reeling from Trump’s decision to fire FBI Director James Comey and allegations that Trump asked Comey in February to end his probe of former National Security Advisor Michael Flynn. 

While it's often difficult to predict how politicians will react, the appointment of Muller should ease some of the tensions and gridlock in Washington DC as it should be seen as an overture to Democrats who have been demanding just this from the DOJ. 

Additionally, since the Trump administration would likely not have conceded to this appointment if it had something material to hide, it will be perceived as validating, at least initially, Trump's claims that he has not colluded with Russia, although the risk of a potential surprise announcement by the Special Counsel will linger as a cloud over the White House - and markets - for months to come.

According to the DOJ press release, Acting AG Rosenstein felt it was "in the public interest" to appoint Meuller and has made assurances that he will be allowed to operate with a "degree of independence" from the DOJ. 

"In my capacity as acting Attorney General, I determined that it is in the public interest for me to exercise my authority and appoint a Special Counsel to assume responsibility for this matter.  My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that nay prosecution is warranted.  I have made no such determination.  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."

 

"Considering the unique circumstances of this matter, however, I determined that 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.  Special Counsel Mueller will have all appropriate resources to conduct a thorough and complete investigation, and I am confident that he will follow the facts, apply the law and reach a just result."

Here is the full press release from the DOJ:

DOJ

 

And here is the full order:

 

Mueller, 72, was appointed FBI Director by President George W. Bush in 2001 and served until 2013, when Comey took over. The DOJ has confirmed he will resign from his private law firm to avoid any conflicts of interest.  In the aftermath of the Sept. 11 attacks, as the U.S. was ramping up security, he joined then-Deputy Attorney General Comey in threatening to resign if the White House overruled a Justice Department opinion that domestic wiretapping without a warrant was unconstitutional.

Mueller is rumored to be bringing along Jim Quarles, who worked on Watergate, and Aaron Zebley, his (and Comey's) former Chief of Staff at the FBI.

 

Attorney General Jeff Sessions previously recused himself from any involvement in the Russia investigation due to is role as a prominent campaign adviser and surrogate.

Mueller's appointment aims to quell the wave of criticism that President Donald Trump and his administration have faced since Trump fired FBI Director James Comey last week in the middle of the FBI's intensifying investigation into contacts between Trump campaign associates and Russian officials. That criticism swelled on Tuesday evening as excerpts of a memo Comey wrote in February surfaced, in which Comey writes Trump asked him to drop the FBI investigation into former national security adviser Michael Flynn.

As Bloomberg adds, unlike Comey, who Trump charged was a “showboat” and a “grandstander,” Mueller typically shied away from making comments to reporters and routinely refused to discuss ongoing investigations. He also won wide praise as FBI director from Democrats and Republicans in Congress, an attribute that may help steady concerns about the handling of the Russia probe.

While it's unclear how Democrats will feel about Mueller specifically, Jason Chaffetz seems to like the selection:

“Mueller is a great selection.  Impeccable credentials. Should be widely accepted.”

 

And, for once, even the Democrats are pleased. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has just confirmed that he now has "significantly greater confidence that the investigation will follow the facts wherever they lead."

 

Meanwhile, Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the House Oversight Committee, said “I think that’s probably a good choice. I’ve been impressed by him.”

Senator Dianne Feinstein, ranking Democrat on the Judiciary Committee, called the selection “excellent.”

As for markets, the reaction will likely be seen as favorable at least in the short term, as it will provide a much-needed degree of focus - and signal - and redirect attention from the epic noise and chaos unleashed by the White House, and toward the upcoming probe; in doing so it will also likely put a halt of the Hill's various piecemeal investigations.

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AllTimeWhys's picture

ENOUGH WITH THE FUCKING POLITICAL CIRCLEJERKING AND FIX THE DAMN COUNTRY ALREADY

Top Hat's picture

Unfucking believable.  Just when I thought I could take a break from prepping.

38BWD22's picture

 

 

The Just Us Dept. only cares about making Trump look bad.  Swamp Creatures.

While the Klinton Krime Klan and PedoGate types all get a pass.

Not to mention Seth Rich.

If all that isn't a sign to buy gold (or BTC!), I don't know what is...

Schlump's picture

Rise up and protect me and my Goldman Sachs appointees, I command you!

Reality Creator's picture

Robert Mueller's resignation from the law firm WilmerHale...let the attack dog off his leash! Fucking go get him boy! Grab him by the balls and shake, rip and tear your way through his fatty mass. Eat boy, eat. You get to have it all.

11b40's picture

Mueller is a Capitan of the Deep, Deep State.  FBI Director from 9/11 until 2012.  Isn't that cozy.  Presided over a crime wave unprecedented in the annals of mankind...the raping of American. 

Bay of Pigs's picture

Mueller is a snake and con man. Nothing good will come from this appointment.

JamesBond's picture

This is total BS. The Democrats will not be placated. This move will result in increased demands not fewer. Those who think otherwise have no understanding of human psychology.

jb

Deathrips's picture

Its the most expensive pay per view in history.

 

This guy didnt know that only the president or head of command can tell NORAD to stand down in a national threat scenario? Hes either a moron or complicit or both.

 

RIPS

AVmaster's picture

Trying to appease these cocksuckers does nothing but play into their hand...

Terminus C's picture

Mueller... the 9/11 flunky and cover up man.  Yea I am sure he's gonna get to the "truth" of the matter.

What a fucking joke.

luky luke's picture

Agree. They should appoint a real counsel to investigate Israel's role in 9/11.

http://biblicisminstitute.wordpress.com/2014/09/14/israel-is-the-problem/

stizazz's picture

Trump's headed for that shitty country soon to get his marching orders.

A new false flag in the works????

Oh regional Indian's picture

Trip out.... the timing of all this..... tell me that this is all according to some plan. This kabuki will be dragged on as chief public distraction while a late 2017 false flag (or a series, the US ambassador made a really ominous comment the other day about a repeat of 26/11 in India before the end of 2017 impacting US/Paki relations).... will be orchestrated by some veddy veddy tribal people.... 

azusgm's picture

This could be a very entertaining pay per view if the FBI seizes the DNC servers as they should have months ago. The Dems, including Obama, are the ones who have screamed to high heavens that "the Russians hacked the election" -- a mantra that grew from their initial claim that the email server at the DNC had been hacked. So far, this has caused increased international tensions between two nuclear powers and a call for impeachment in the House of Representatives (albeit from a buffoon). It is time to pony up the evidence. If the Dems now have a special prosecutor in place to oversee a proper investigation of their claims that the Russians worked in concert with the Trump campaign to swing the election and spy on the Dems by means of hacking into the DNC email server, it is time to turn over the servers.

Period.

land_of_the_few's picture

Maybe it was all a mistake - Dems were just ordering some Chicken Kiev takeout and it got misunderstood.

Demologos's picture

He was also a key player in the Oklahoma City cover up. Deep state go-to guy.

MalteseFalcon's picture

As long as Mueller halts all other investigations and says to the media that he cannot comment on an ongoing investigation, then Trump is in the clear.

But the establishment Republicans have been handed a club to beat Trump with.

Look for some unfortunate changes in foreign policy.

jeff montanye's picture

no.  i profoundly disagree.  the tide is turning and i believe the nearly ignored  https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rod_Rosenstein is the helper.  he wrote the cogent and true memo to fire comey and now he has gotten old i can't solve 9-11 robert mueller out of retirement to, essentially, solve the dnc email theft and seth rich's murder.  couldn't happen to a nicer guy.

why didn't the fbi, trying to investigate the email leak by wikileaks, check out a dnc data technician murdered less than two weeks before?  it's essentially incomprehensible.  

next stop, police and fbi agents for seth rich truth.

BlindMonkey's picture

I so want to believe but the deep state is Lucy and we are collectively Charlie Brown with no realistic chance at kicking that motherfucker.

MalteseFalcon's picture

Is the Seth Rich case or any other case except for Russian influence on Trump, within Mueller's portfolio?

I think not.

Who killed Seth Rich?

Everybody knows it was Lee Harvey Oswald.

swmnguy's picture

Either Ted Cruz's dad, or Ted Cruz the Zodiac Killer himself.

eatthebanksters's picture

Mueller can go where ever this investigation leads him:  Seth Rich, unmasking, leaks, fake news. He will have unlimited resources and no oversight.  I fucking love it.

cheka's picture

good pick.  if running false flags is any indicator

Tristan Ludlow's picture

Same as any other special counsel appointed by TPTB.  They will arrive at the preplanned conclusion.  Nothing more.  No justice.  

 

The justice system is broken, just like the govt. 

Golden Showers's picture

Mueller?... Mueller?...

Ferris Mueller? Thing about the ferris wheel is it is a wheel of fortune. We've discussed this with roulette. Sure, I'm playing. However what I'm playing with is the nuance. That's all.

What does a ferris wheel do? Let's explore some notable ferris wheels together:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ferris_wheel

The Wiener Reisenrad is perhaps the ultimate but Nippon had the cosmo clock 21 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmo_Clock_21

Uk had their famous coach whip: The London Eye... https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/London_Eye

Now take these and, and, consider the nuance: Consider the Price is Right: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Price_Is_Right_(1956_U.S._game_show)

If ferris mueller is going to take a day off to make the price right and ride a cosmo clock, who gives a flying fuck?

All this shit does is spin around like a record baby. Round round right round. Like a size 5. I'll tell you this: BAMF Jones ain't on this. It's Mueller. Like a litter of kittens. And that's alright.

Personally I don't give a shit who's on this because the US INC. is in bankruptcy and fuck them. I was born here. So, if you want to take a ride at the amusement park that's awesome. Just don't pretend that when you get off you are anywhere else but where you got on.

Like all good finish carpenters and skilled trades people. "Looks good enough. Fuck it."

 

MozartIII's picture

So the Swamp will drain Trump. Never saw that coming....

meta-trader's picture

she was a waitress in a cocktail bar now she owns a jet... http://bit.ly/2jdTzrM

jeff montanye's picture

thought it interesting that the current deep state position on the seth rich emails is "But a law enforcement official told CNN that the FBI never had possession of Rich's laptop and did not conduct a forensic analysis of its contents."

http://money.cnn.com/2017/05/17/media/seth-rich-family-apology-retractio...

never?  fucking never?  they are investigating the (russian hacking) of the dnc and they fucking never looked at the computer of the only dnc staffer murdered soon after the theft, however done, and who was the rage of the internet for quite some time?  fucking never, not even yesterday?  he could have been a russian spy.  and they are the elite domestic investigatory arm of the greatest and most powerful nation on earth?

that fbi investigation into the dnc email theft is starting to look a lot like the warren report and those two on 9-11.

Handful of Dust's picture

When do they appoint "special counsel" to investigate why Comey failed to indict Crooked Clinton and why he granted immunity to all her crooked accomplices like Huma, Mills, Pedopodesta, et?

jeff montanye's picture

one step at a time.  i want the d.c. police to say why they think seth rich was a robbery/murder with nothing taken.  let's hear that cell phone transmission nsa.  what? lost or destroyed like the 9-11 black boxes?  damn.

who did the forensics on the computer?  not the fbi, clearly.  the dnc didn't let them look at the dnc servers either.  can they do that?  "officer you may not look in my refrigerator's freezer for lsd".  works every time.

so the fbi just sort of delegated that end of the email leak/hack to the d.c. police?  kind of phoned in like scalia's coroner's examination for cause of death?

see?  one step at a time with ol' bob "9-11" mueller in charge.  long popcorn futures.

 

CheapBastard's picture

The family should hire a high-profile lawyer (like Johnny Cochran or Dershowitz) and get some TV traction and PR on this....killers hate the limelight...... of who in the DNC had this guy assassinated. Who had 1) motive; 2) opportunity; and 3) means to kill him?

 

The DNC.

jeff montanye's picture

i am hoping rod rosenstein is in the process of allowing mr. mueller to cue himself up.

this may be multi-dimensional chess after all.  mr. rosenstein clearly has the intellectual horsepower for the job and i am starting to think he may have the honesty to play on the side of the rule of law.

it is a time for heroes.  

CheapBastard's picture

The prosecutor has a braod range of powers and can throw a wide net that xould incluse the Clinton, Comey, Lowrenta and Holder crimes. It may be an end run around the Dems to investigate these evil=doers..

cheka's picture

this is why nyc stock market went down today.  again, nyc skype front running the news -  the rest of us not odigo

waiting for the special prosecutor on the leak to nyc skype

Paul Kersey's picture

At the first sign of real trouble, Trump's Goldmanites will get down on four legs and crawl out of the sinking Ship of State in the cover of night.

johngaltfla's picture

Woot! GS is happy. SPY futures up 3.5! Good move Gary Cohn hiring a Special Counsel (/sarc off)

overbet's picture

"Considering the unique circumstances of this matter, however, I determined that 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.  Special Counsel Mueller will have all appropriate resources to conduct a thorough and complete investigation, and I am confident that he will follow the facts, apply the law and reach a just result."

 

Clearly we are fucked when we are getting this for Trump and not Hillary. It is really the most unbelievable thing I have ever witnessed.

GoinFawr's picture

... maybe we'd have had our wish if the popular vote had prevailed?

Anyway, I thought President Trump already conceded that she is a 'good person'; how come his word isn't good enough for you on that one? I mean, you'd think he would have been briefed before saying it and 180-ing his point of view, no?

Here are some older quotes too,

"When I needed Hillary, she was there. If I say 'go to my wedding,' they go to my wedding."

"I know Hillary and I think she'd make a great president or vice-president."

... and there are a lot more in this vein.

Am I taking these quotes out of context or something?  'Cause, vitriolic campaign rhetoric aside, these folks all seem in league to me. Which means two things:

1) The whole attacking one another is just hocus pocus

2) Your irreproachable chosen President is totally safe from any real trouble

 

If you like your plutocracy, you can keep your plutocracy.


overbet's picture

How many deaths is Trump responsible for?

GoinFawr's picture

Good question; Who knows?

But answer my question: why don't you trust his judgement?

Likstane's picture

I'll answer; because he's Jewish, or at least appointed by one; unable to be trusted.

jeff montanye's picture

are you sure you know his judgement?  

do you remember george w. bush's prospective "humble foreign policy", obama's empowering of whistleblowers?

ever read any machiavelli by chance?

GoinFawr's picture

Good point jeff: actions speak louder than words. So does inaction.

cheech_wizard's picture

You haven't been on this earth long enough to know the difference between bullshit when you hear it and a good grade of peanut butter.

Likstane's picture

4-5 in the tommyhawk fireworks, probably a hundred in Yemen, who really knows where else, and maybe a shitload after the saudis and Jews get a hold of the latest and greatest from Uncle Sam. Indirectly, thousands more junkie deaths from maintaining the Afghan drug trade. It seems I cant answer your question with a specific number

Tristan Ludlow's picture

The dems pay better and give out more free shit.