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APPOfNTMENT OF SPECIAL COUNSEL
TO INVESTIGATE RUSSIAN INTERFERENCE WITH THE 2016 PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION AND RELATED MATTERS
By virtue of the authority vested in me as Acting Attorney General, including 28 U.S,C.
§§ 509, 5 I 0, and 5 I 5, in order to discharge my responsibility to provide supervision and management of the Department of Justice, and to ensure a full and thorough investigation of the Russian govemment's efforts to interfere in the 2016 presidential election, I hereby order as follows:
Robert S. Mueller II[ is appointed to serve as Special Counsel for the United States
Department of Justice.
The Special Counsel is authorized to conduct the investigation continued by then-FBI
Director James B. Corney in testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee on
Intelligence on March 20, 2017, including:
any links and/or coordination belwecn the Russian government and individuals
any matters that arose or may nrisc directly from the investigation; and
any other matters within the scope of 2~ C.F.R. § 600.4(a).
If the Special Counsel believes it is necessary and appropriate, the Special Counsel is
authorized to prosecute federal crimes arising from the investigation of these matters.
Sections 600.4 through 600.IO of Title 28 of the Code of Federal Regulations are
(d) applicable to the Special Counsel.
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