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The Justice Department has named a special counsel to oversee the FBI"s investigation into Russian infulence of the 2016 election.

FOX's Jared Halpern has more from Capitol Hill:

Former FBI Director Robert Mueller will serve as special counsel overseeing the bureau's investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 election.

Sources tell FOX News, Mueller will have all the powers of a U.S. attorney, including the ability to impanel a Grand Jury.

In a statement, Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein writes, he "determined it is in the public interest to appoint a Special Counsel, adding the decision is not a finding that crimes have been committed or that any prosecution is warranted."

Rosenstein is scheduled to brief all Senators here tomorrow about the events leading up to the firing of FBI director James Comey.

On Capitol Hill, Jared Halpern, FOX News.

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