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Former FBI Director Robert Mueller is seated before President Barack Obama and FBI Director James Comey arrive at an installation ceremony at FBI Headquarters in Washington, Monday, Oct. 28, 2013. Comey, a former Bush administration official who defiantly refused to go along with White House demands on warrantless wiretapping nearly a decade ago, took over last month for Robert Mueller, who stepped down after 12 years as agency director. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

The DOJ appointed a special counsel to oversee Russian investigations

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UPDATE 7:43 p.m. EST:

Following the appointment of Robert Mueller to serve as special counsel overseeing the Russian investigations, President Trump reaffirmed "what we already know," in a statement. 

"...there was no collusion between my campaign and any foreign entity. I look forward to this matter concluding quickly. In the meantime, I will never stop fighting for the people and the issues that matter most to the future of our country."

ORIGINAL STORY: The Department of Justice has appointed ex-FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel on Wednesday to oversee the FBI's investigation of Russian intervention in the 2016 presidential election and "related matters," CNN reported.

The move surfaces after some lawmakers have rallied the Trump administration in recent weeks to appoint an independent third party to oversee the investigations. 

In March, Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the Russian inquiries following undisclosed contacts with the Russian ambassador to the United States.

The move got mixed reaction. 

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