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    Deputy AG Appoints Special Counsel for Russia Probe

    The stakes just soared. Yesterday, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate Russian election meddling and possible collusion with President Donald Trump’s administration. The surprise announcement followed last week’s firing of James Comey, reports that Trump divulged sensitive Israel-provided intel to Russian officials, and reports that he asked Comey to stop investigating ex-national security adviser Michael Flynn. Mueller’s investigation will be semi-autonomous and will likely review new reports of 18 undisclosed contacts between Trump’s campaign and Russia.

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