President Trump released a statement Wednesday evening, following the Justice Department's decision to tap former FBI Director Robert Mueller to lead the investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign, maintaining that he looks forward to a "thorough investigation" quickly confirming that he has nothing to hide.

"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," Trump said in a brief statement that doesn't even mention Mueller's name.

"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," he added.

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein made the announcement Wednesday evening, just over a week after Trump suddenly fired FBI Director James Comey, whose agency was probing whether Trump has any ties to Russia.

The Justice Department said the White House was informed of the decision to appoint Mueller, who was FBI director for 12 years under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, as special counsel after the order had been signed.