America appoints Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate on Trump-Russia ties

Updated: 08:17 GMT, May 18, 2017 | Published: 08:16 GMT, May 18, 2017 |

The U.S. Justice Department on Wednesday (May 17) appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate possible collusion between President Donald Trump’s 2016 campaign team and Russia as well as alleged Russian interference in the U.S. election.

The move followed a week of turmoil for the White House amid rising demands for an independent probe of alleged Russian efforts to sway the outcome of November’s presidential election in favor of Trump and against Democrat Hillary Clinton.

Pressure has been building on Trump since his firing last week of James Comey, chief of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, who had been leading a federal probe into the matter.

U.S. intelligence agencies said earlier this year that Russia interfered in the U.S. election. Moscow has dismissed the allegations, and the Trump team has denied any collusion with Russia.

“I’m happy about it. I think it’s. A good start in the right direction this administration with the new president has been in crisis. From week to week. One thing after the other and I say I am pleased that that’s happened,” said congressman John Conyers