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The man named to act as special counsel to oversee the federal investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election is very familiar with how the FBI conducts its business.

Former FBI director Robert Mueller, 72, served as just-fired James Comey’s predecessor, heading the agency for 12 years in the wake of the nation’s worst terror attack.

Mueller was nominated as the sixth director of the FBI by George W. Bush in 2001.

He officially took over the post only a week before 9/11, following a unanimous vote by the Senate.

Under his leadership, the FBI was transformed into a counterterrorism agency — Mueller often spoke of the threat of cyberterrorism and online espionage.

In 2011, his tenure was extended by two years after then-President Obama asked Congress to allow him to stay on, making him the longest-serving director since J. Edgar Hoover. Obama argued that his national security team needed continuity as the Pentagon and the CIA were both getting new leaders.

One has to wonder if when the time comes if Vice President Pence would pardon Trump should he be forced to resign in the same way Gerald Ford pardoned President Nixon.

When Ford pardoned Nixon it spelled disaster for his administration and cost him a second term as President.

Pence would likely find it wiser NOT to pardon Trump which would make things much harder on him should any prosecution take place.

This is going to be a hell of a year.

Stay tuned