Catch up on stories from the past week (and beyond) at the Slashdot story archive

 



Forgot your password?
typodupeerror
Government United States Security Politics

Justice Department Appoints Former FBI Director Robert Mueller As Special Counsel For Russia Investigation (thehill.com) 603

An anonymous reader quotes a report from The Hill: The Justice Department has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate Russia's involvement in the U.S. election. Mueller, a former prosecutor who served a 12-year term at the helm of the bureau, has accepted the position, according to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein. "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 the matter," Rosenstein said in a statement. "My decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any 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." UPDATE: President Trump has released a statement: "As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know -- there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity. I look forward to this matter concluding quickly. In the meantime, I will never stop fighting for the people and the issues that matter most to the future of our country."

Justice Department Appoints Former FBI Director Robert Mueller As Special Counsel For Russia Investigation

Comments Filter:
  • Winning (Score:5, Funny)

    by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 17, 2017 @07:05PM (#54437641)

    So

    Much

    Winning

  • Keep in mind (Score:5, Insightful)

    by burtosis ( 1124179 ) on Wednesday May 17, 2017 @07:06PM (#54437655)
    We didn't know the extent of the Nixon atrocities until more than a year after the break in. It's quite likely lots of evidence exists, but is being used in an ongoing investigation and will not be disclosed publically anytime soon. If trump asked Comey to back of Flynn, and we know he admitted to firing Comey over Russia issues, that is likely enough on its own. Not to mention the overwhelming list that grows by the day. If we see Paul Ryan buckle, it's all over.
    • It's quite obvious there is more evidence than has been released to the general public.
    • by dbIII ( 701233 )
      An amusing thing is how many people are searching for "impeach" on google:
      https://trends.google.com/tren... [google.com]
  • by JoshuaZ ( 1134087 ) on Wednesday May 17, 2017 @07:09PM (#54437681) Homepage
    I don't believe there is any "Deep State" but if there is any this is evidence that it is composed primarily of people who care more about the rule of law than partisan politics. I for one welcome our globalist overlords.
  • A pretty good choice (Score:5, Informative)

    by rmdingler ( 1955220 ) on Wednesday May 17, 2017 @07:28PM (#54437819) Journal

    He was chosen as G.W.B.'s attorney general on 09/04/2001, so he has a hot week in office before the WTC fell.

    Director Mueller, along with Deputy Attorney General James B. Comey, threatened to resign from office in March 2004 if the White House overruled a Department of Justice finding that domestic wiretapping without a court warrant was unconstitutional.

    Obama kept him on for two years after he was elected, and Comey was not only his assistant, but his successor.

    • The funniest thing about this is that Comey is old school FBI. The FBI trains their people to document every single conversation. They can't have a conversation in an active investigation without that conversation being documented in writing or they've broken department policy.

      Comey was known around Washington for going even further, he was known to document conversations that weren't even related to investigations. Some of the accounts I've seen says that everyone that had been around Washington for more t

      • Trump one-ups your conversation-documenter with a 30 year history of actually recording conversations. There have been at least two cases where he has called bullshit on testimony against him, given in court, and under oath, by producing a recording that contradicted the testimony.

        I guess we'll see who the moron is soon enough.

        • Here's Trumps problem.

          If he doesn't have the tapes, Comey's Memo will be viewed by an court as an accurate record of events and he's guilty of obstructing justice.

          If he has the tapes and they show the Comey memo to be true he's now provided absolute evidence and testimony against himself in a obstructing justice charge.

          If he does have the tapes and even if they vindicate him and show Comey lied his tweet about the tapes is very likely an attempt to intimidate a witness in an active federal investigation und

  • by Opportunist ( 166417 ) on Wednesday May 17, 2017 @08:12PM (#54438091)

    That new US Prez sitcom is better than anything I've ever watched. At first I was skeptical because it looked like a cheap Spin City knockoff or a weak rehash of That's my Bush, and, well, basically it is, but they really manage to spice it up and get to new heights week after week.

    Though I have to admit, it slowly starts to get a wee bit unrealistic.

  • by Jim Sadler ( 3430529 ) on Wednesday May 17, 2017 @10:51PM (#54438833)
    After spending hours each day studying the Trump nightmare, I now wonder if a real criminal conviction will put Trump in prison. It is hard to look into anything Trump has touched and not find serious criminal activity. The obstruction of justice charge alone is sufficient to demand a prison sentence as are his numerous violations of the Foreign Powers Corruption Act. But we all pretty much know that after being tossed out of office and fined there will be no prison time as the sick truth is that we never have equal justice for all. At this point numerous Trump properties have been placed in the names of family members. I suggest that all Trump's assets, including those transferred be seized and frozen so that the numerous crimes and injuries can be taken from those funds. Besides, if he spends the rest of his life in prison he won't need money anyway.
    • by dbIII ( 701233 ) on Thursday May 18, 2017 @01:22AM (#54439369)

      I now wonder if a real criminal conviction will put Trump in prison

      Not while he is President - kind of a flaw in the system at the moment.

      So all those weirdos who pretend to be colonials at political events rejoice - you've got yourself a King who is above the law - so that's a worse situation than the King that George Washington fought against. So long as enough Senators are on his side he's untouchable.

  • Common element (Score:5, Interesting)

    by Tourney3p0 ( 772619 ) on Thursday May 18, 2017 @01:24AM (#54439375)
    My takeaway from this thread:

    People with 6 month old accounts or Anonymous Coward = "this is nothing"

    People with actual accounts who have been around for awhile = "we should at least look into this".

Q: How many IBM CPU's does it take to execute a job? A: Four; three to hold it down, and one to rip its head off.

Working...