Probe will prove no conspiracy with Russia

Chaffetz told Pelley he wants the hearing with Comey to do the hearing "as publicly as we possibly can".

Rosenstein issued an order authorizing Mueller to pursue the investigation into Russian meddling, including "any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump".

UPDATED with White House statement: Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Wednesday afternoon named former FBI Director Robert Mueller to oversee the Russian Federation probe and possible connection between Trump campaign associates and Russian Federation.

"My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted", Rosenstein said in the DOJ statement. Or will he continue to be made of Teflon? Department of Justice memo on special appointmentThe appointment Wednesday comes amid a growing Democratic outcry for someone outside the Justice Department to handle the politically charged investigation.

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Trump said Wednesday the independent investigation will show, in his words, "there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity".

Following the memo's release, some congressional Republicans criticized Comey for not reporting the conversation with Trump to his superiors at the Justice Department.

Earlier in the day, National Security Adviser H.R. McMaster denied Trump had caused a "lapse in national security", saying it was "wholly appropriate for the president to share whatever information he thinks is necessary to advance the security of the American people".

Mueller, 72, was FBI director under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama and was the longest-serving head of the bureau since J. Edgar Hoover. Democrats and some of the president's fellow Republicans had demanded an independent probe of whether Russian Federation tried to sway the outcome of November's election in favour of Trump and against Democrat Hillary Clinton. The counsel is not required to consult with or keep informed the attorney general or deputy attorney generals on the course of the probe.

In a statement, President Donald Trump said he looked forward to the investigation ending "quickly".

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Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., the chairman of the House Intelligence Committee, who recused himself from his committee's probe after Democrats raised questions about his independence, also praised the appointment. And Sen. Richard Burr, a North Carolina Republican who chairs the Senate intelligence committee, called the appointment a "good decision".

The Department of Justice working under Trump is unlikely to prosecute the president, but Congress can classify an obstruction of justice as a high crime, or impeachable offense.

Special Counsel Mueller has agreed to resign from his private law firm in order to avoid any conflicts of interest with firm clients or attorneys.

Many Democrats also were calling for an independent special counsel, or prosecutor.

Republican House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte said he was confident Mr. Mueller "will conduct a thorough and fair investigation".

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