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That former FBI director Robert Mueller is coming in to investigate the trump campaign. And from the capitol to the stock exchange, George and robin, a lot have their eyes on Wall Street. Its worst day of the year. That drop came before we found out about Robert Mueller. We’re also tracking all the latest from Washington this morning including president trump’s reaction to that surprise appointment of a special counsel. The president said that investigation will confirm there was no collusion, that he did nothing wrong. Later today deputy attorney general rod Rosenstein will briefer a full senate on why he made that decision and what he knows about president trump’s decision to fire James Comey. As for Comey he’s been invited to speak to the senate judiciary and house oversight committees. I’ll speak to the chairman of that committee in a moment. With Robert Mueller taking over the Russia investigation, he has a long history with the FBI. He served as director from 2001 to 2013. He was confirmed unanimously under both president George W. Bush and president Obama. Now when he retired in 2013 he was the second longest server director behind J. Edgar Hoover. Our reporters covering all the fallout and Pierre Thomas starts us off. Reporter: George, good morning. It’s been a stunning week and stunning 4 hours with events that had potentially enormous implications for the white house. Now word of a special counsel to investigate whether there was collusion between the trump campaign and the Russians. The dramatic announcement, there will be a special counsel investigating those with ties to president trump. The man leading this new investigation, Bob Mueller, a former FBI director, in some ways a unique figure in Washington. Last confirmed by the senate 100-0. His prestigious ten-year appointment as FBI director extended by an additional two years. There’s almost nobody who has a better reputation than Bob Mueller for being a dogged investigator and a fair prosecutor. Reporter: Make no mistake, this will be a full-scale investigation with Mueller exercising extraordinary power. Somebody who is in the role of special counsel will have the full range of authorities that they need to carry out their mandate. That includes subpoena power, grand jury power. Reporter: Just hours before the Mueller announcement president trump spoke at the coast guard academy. No politician in history and I say this with great surety has been treated worse or more unfairly. Reporter: The white house says they were not aware of the special counsel decision until 25 minutes before the news was made public. Deputy attorney general rod Rosenstein who took over the investigation after attorney general Jeff sessions recused himself took the dramatic step of appointing Mueller writing, based upon the unique circumstances, the public interest requires me to place this investigation under the authority of a…

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