Justice Department Names Former FBI Director Mueller as Special Counsel for Russia Investigation

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Former FBI Director Robert Mueller III testifies before the Senate Judiciary Committee during a oversight hearing on Capitol Hill December 14, 2011 in Washington, DC.  (Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein on Wednesday announced that the Department of Justice has named former FBI director Robert Mueller special counsel for its investigation into Russian election tampering. The announcement comes amid controversy over President Trump's firing of FBI director James Comey, who according to the New York Times, wrote a memo stating that Trump asked him to shut down the investigation into former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn's Russia ties. Mueller, who served as FBI chief from 2001 to 2013, is "authorized to prosecute federal crimes" arising from the Russia probe, according to the DOJ order. We bring you the latest updates and take your legal questions.

Guests:
Emily Bazelon, staff Writer, New York Times Magazine; co-host, Slate Political Gabfest

David Alan Sklansky, professor of law and co-director of the Stanford Criminal Justice Center, Stanford Law School

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