The Latest on President Donald Trump’s decision to move forward with a probe into the ties between the Trump campaign and Russia (all times local):11:30 a.m.
The Latest on Trump’s move to move ahead with a Russia probe (all time local):10:30 p.m:President Donald Trump is moving forward with the appointment of a special counsel to investigate the Trump-Russia connection, despite a federal judge ruling against the move, his lawyer said Monday.
President Donald J. Trump, Jr., who is also a Trump family member, will serve as acting attorney general until the confirmation process for the attorney general is completed.
The move was made after the judge ruled in his favor.
The decision to appoint Mueller comes after a federal appeals court in Washington, D.C., ruled Monday that it is unconstitutional for the president to appoint an independent counsel in his investigation.
In its decision, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals said that appointing Mueller to serve as special counsel would violate the constitutional separation of powers by violating the Constitution’s separation of legislative and executive powers.
It noted that there was no requirement that the president appoint a special prosecutor, and that he could make the appointment himself.
The appeals court said that the Constitution prohibits the president from appointing a special justice to investigate a matter, including a potential obstruction of justice, because the President has the power to remove a Justice Department official who obtains information concerning an ongoing criminal investigation.
The appeals court also noted that the separation of government powers in the Constitution does not require that the President appoint a lawyer to serve in a special capacity.
The president’s lawyers have said Mueller is a well-qualified prosecutor who has experience in prosecuting crimes and is qualified to do the job.
A number of top Republicans, including Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, have voiced support for Mueller’s appointment.
Trump has called Mueller’s name several times and called him a friend of his and one of his favorites.
Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Joe Manchin of West Virginia said in a statement that they support Mueller’s nomination.
In a statement, the Republican National Committee said the president “made the right decision to hire a talented and experienced team to lead his team of independent investigators.”
Republican Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas also backed Mueller.
Cotton said the appointment would send a powerful message to the president that the special counsel is independent, nonpartisan and that the Senate will not stand by idly by while he ignores our laws and refuses to follow the law.