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M-1Former FBI boss Robert Mueller has been named as a special prosecutor to oversee a probe into Russia's alleged interference in the US election.

 

Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein said it was "in the public interest" to bring an outsider in to oversee the investigation.

 

Calls for a special prosecutor have mounted since President Donald Trump fired the FBI director last week.

 

Mr Mueller is a former prosecutor who served as FBI chief from 2001 to 2013.

 

"Based upon the unique circumstances, the public interest requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a person who exercises a degree of independence from the normal chain of command," Mr Rosenstein said in a statement.

 

The FBI investigation is also looking into potential links between Mr Trump's campaign team and Russia.

 

But Mr Rosenstein added that his decision was not a "finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted. I have made no such determination”.



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