Robert Mueller

President Donald Trump says he will nominate former U.S. Attorney General William Barr to replace Jeff Sessions, who was fired earlier this year. Barr served under President George H.W. Bush and has a broad view of presidential powers. He also previously supervised special prosecutor Robert Mueller.

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Maine Senator Angus King says his top priority when Congress gets back to work next week is to pass legislation protecting the investigation of special prosecutor Robert Mueller. King says he does not understand Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s reluctance to bring the measure to the House floor for a vote.

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Both of Maine’s U.S. Senators are supporting a measure in Congress that would protect the independent investigation of special counsel Robert Mueller into Russian meddling in U.S. elections.

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Republican U.S. Sen. Susan Collins says it’s essential that the special counsel investigating Russian election interference and possible connections to the Trump campaign be allowed to complete his work.

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Maine's congressional delegation is applauding the appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to oversee the Justice Department's investigation into any efforts by Russia to influence the 2016 election.

Former FBI Director Mueller to Lead Trump-Russia Probe

May 17, 2017

WASHINGTON - The Justice Department has appointed former FBI Director Robert Mueller as a special counsel to oversee a federal investigation into potential coordination between Russia and the Trump campaign to influence the 2016 presidential election.

The appointment Wednesday comes amid a growing Democratic outcry for someone outside the Justice Department to handle the politically charged investigation.