jamuna international desk: A former FBI boss has been named a special counsel to oversee an inquiry into Russia's alleged meddling in the election and any Trump campaign ties.
In naming Robert Mueller, the deputy attorney general said it was in the public interest to have an outsider.
The appointment has been widely praised by politicians from both sides.
Calls for a special prosecutor had mounted since President Donald Trump fired the most recent FBI director, James Comey, last week.
The FBI and Congress are looking into potential links between
US intelligence agencies believe Moscow tried to tip the election in
Just over an hour after the news of
"A thorough investigation will confirm what we already know - there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity," said the president.
The top Democrat in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, said
And the House Oversight Committee Chairman, Jason Chaffetz, said he had "impeccable credentials".