Mueller Appointment on Russia Probe ‘Appropriate,’ DOJ SaysBy
The appointment of Robert Mueller, the special counsel in the federal probe of Russia’s role in the 2016 election and any ties to President Donald Trump’s campaign, is “appropriate,” the Department of Justice said.
The ruling came after questions were raised about Mueller’s ability to investigate some Trump associates who have been clients of the law firm WilmerHale LLP, where Mueller was employed until last week. The statement didn’t indicate whether Mueller would face any restrictions in dealing with any former clients of the firm.
“While we cannot confirm or deny that Mr. Mueller’s former firm represents an individual or individuals who are within the scope of the Special Counsel appointment, the Department’s ethics experts have considered the relevant issues and determined that Mr. Mueller’s appointment as Special Counsel is consistent with the Rules of Professional Responsibility,” the Justice Department said in a statement Tuesday.