WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley today released the following statement regarding Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein’s appointment of former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel in the investigation into Russian interference in U.S. elections:

“As I’ve said many times before, the American people deserve to know how Russia attempted to meddle in our democratic process.  The FBI’s handling of recent politically charged investigations has eroded the public’s trust in its ability to be independent. I have a great deal of confidence Deputy Attorney General Rosenstein and I respect his decision.  Mueller has a strong reputation for independence, and comes with the right credentials for this job. At the end of the day, we need a public accounting of what went on to restore faith in government.  Congress will have a role to play in bringing transparency to the American people,” Grassley said.