United States

Special Counsel Appointed 5/20/17

Article: "Deep breath, America"  

On May 17, former FBI Director Robert Mueller was appointed as special counsel to take over the FBI probe into Russian influence in the 2016 US Presidential election.

Some highlights: 
> In December 2016, US intelligence agencies concluded that the Russian government had interfered with the election. Trump denied this and denied any connection between his campaign and the Russian government.
> In January of 2017, Trump insisted on hiring Flynn as National Security Advisor despite multiple indications that he was deeply compromised. Trump would later fire Flynn.
> AG Jeff Sessions was found to have lied about contact with Russian ambassador Kislyak and had to recuse himself.
> Trump leans on FBI Director Comey to go easy on Flynn - “I hope you can let this go” - then fires Comey in May.

Comment from John McCain - the President’s scandals are of “Watergate size and scale.”