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ACLU on  the appointment of Mueller as special counsel in Russia investigation

The American Civil Liberties Union’s Executive Director, Anthony D. Romero, issued a statement today regarding the appointment of Robert Mueller as special counsel in the investigation of Russia’s involvement in the 2016 Presidential election.

“We welcome the appointment of a special counsel to investigate Russia’s meddling in our elections, a critically necessary step given the conflicts of interest present at the Trump administration’s highest levels.

We applaud the selection of Robert Mueller, former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, for that role. While we sued the FBI on multiple occasions under Mueller’s leadership, we are confident that he can and will carry out an independent investigation.

It is critical that the investigation encompass not just Russia’s interference in the election, but also the Trump administration’s apparent efforts to interfere with that investigation. And it remains critical that a select congressional committee take up the matter, because only such a committee can give this issue the public airing that it warrants, given the serious questions about the rule of law and presidential misconduct that are involved.

We recently profiled how the ACLU has taken a prominent role in fighting the Trump Administration since Trump was sworn into office.EP