In an effort to get the Russia controversy settled and allow the government to concentrate on matters of serving the public, Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel. Mueller will oversee the federal probe into Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign.
Mueller has all the same powers as a United States district attorney. This includes the ability to conduct a thorough investigation of potential crimes committed, issue subpoenas, and ultimately file charges if necessary.
The law states that the counsel shall "exercise, within the scope of his or her jurisdiction, the full power and independent authority to exercise all investigative and prosecutorial functions of any United States attorney."
Mueller's powers are quite broad. As the law states, he has the authority to subpoena records and other items pertaining to his investigation. Mueller also has the authority to create his staff to help with his investigation.
With all the controversy surrounding this investigation, the appointment of a special counsel is a good idea. Mueller will investigate and follow the facts where they lead without interference. His appointment will allow President Trump to focus on the business of being president and let the chips fall where they may.
One thing is for sure — the appointment of Robert Mueller removes most of the political gamesmanship and grandstanding we have seen ever since Trump took office. Politics needs to be removed from investigations, and Robert Mueller will do just that.
Jon Harris is a Senior OpsLens Contributor and former Army NCO, Sergeant Morales Club member, civilian law enforcement officer, and defense contractor with more than 30 years in the law enforcement community.
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