One day after it was reported that former FBI Director James Comey kept a memo of President Trump asking him to drop the investigation against former national security adviser General Michael Flynn, the Justice Department has appointed a special counsel in the Russia probe.
According to CNN, former FBI Director Robert Mueller will oversee the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election, including potential collusion between President Donald Trump’s campaign associates and Russian officials. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein handed the job to Mueller instead of Attorney General Jeff Sessions doing so because Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation because he was a Trump campaign adviser and accusations that he has been accused of not being honest about his own ties to Russia during his confirmation hearings.
The 72-year-old has past FBI experience: He led the FBI for 12 years under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, NBC News reported.
“I accept this responsibility and will discharge it to the best of my best,” Mueller said in a statement.
The White House didn’t believe that a nonpartisan counsel was needed to oversee the investigation.
In a statement #45 said the following: “As I have stated many times, a thorough investigation will confirm what we already know — 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.”
Both Democrats and Republicans have praised this pick, NBC reported.
Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah and the chairman of the House Oversight Committee, called Mueller a “great selection,” while Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., said a special counsel had been “very much needed” and that Rosenstein had “done the right thing.”
“Former Director Mueller is exactly the right kind of individual for this job,” Schumer said in a statement. “I now have significantly greater confidence that the investigation will follow the facts wherever they lead.”
Former Attorney General Eric Holder said, “As long as his character is appropriately defined and he is properly resourced, this is a good move.”
“There is much that warrants investigation involving people at the highest levels of the executive branch. I’m confident he can and will do that. The country is owed that.”
1. MJ was a victim of physical abuse from his father as a child. In an interview with Oprah Winfrey, he shed tears and claimed that he was so terrified of his father that he would often vomit when he saw him.
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2. His favorite animated character from childhood was Pinocchio.
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3. When MJ listened to the songs from his days in The Jackson 5, he said he sounded like “Minnie Mouse.”
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4. His middle name was Joseph – Michael Joseph Jackson.
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5. “Billie Jean” is allegedly based on a true story. MJ claims an obsessive fan tried to say he was the father of her child.
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6. His first song to hit the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart was “Ben” in 1972.
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7. MJ was a huge Beatles fan. He paid $47 million for the publishing rights to the Beatles back catalogue in 1985 and sold a share of it to Sony in 1995 for $95 million.
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8. Get this… The costumes for the “Thriller” video came from the Salvation Army.
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9. Jackson invented and owns the patent for the special anti-gravity boots he wore that allowed him to lean forward extremely far in live performances of “Smooth Criminal.”
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10. MJ loved animals, and had several…strange pets. He had a python called Crusher, two llamas called Louis and Lola, and his most famous pet was Bubbles, the chimpanzee.
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11. Sources say MJ “borrowed” the Moonwalk from street dancers he saw outside a hotel.
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12. The original song title for “Thriller” was “Starlight.”
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13. Sources say MJ slept in an oxygen tent to live longer and for cosmetic purposes.
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14. MJ was a proud owner of a 2,700-acre Neverland Ranch that has a theme park, a menagerie, and a movie theater.
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15. “Home Alone” star Macaulay Culkin was one of MJ’s closest friends, and is the godfather of two of Jackson’s children.
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16. MJ’s estate signed a deal with Sony that gave them access to his unreleased recordings for $250 million.
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17. MJ often wore a black armband to remind people of the suffering of children around the world.
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18. The Los Angeles mansion he was renting just before he passed away once belonged to Sean Connery.
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19. MJ was allegedly a pretty avid reader… He was once accused by a library of owing $1 million in overdue book fines.
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20. Wikipedia, Twitter, and AOL’s Instant Messenger all crashed at 3:15PM on the day MJ died: June 25, 2009.
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