Democratic lawmakers and a handful of Republicans are praising Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's decision to appoint former FBI Director Robert Mueller as special counsel to investigate any potential ties between President Donald Trump's associates and Russia.

Rosenstein made the appointment Wednesday evening, saying he "

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D) issued a statement saying:

Sen. Tim Kaine (D) of Virginia called it a "good move."

Sen. Kamala Harris (D) of California said it was "a necessary step forward."

Rep. Elijah Cummings (D), ranking member of the House Oversight Committee said in a statement:

Sen. Bob Casey (D) said:

Sen. Chris Murphy (D) of Connecticut called the decision "the right move."

Sen. Al Franken (D):

Sen. Cory Booker's (D) statement read:

The move is a big win for

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell's statement read:

Rep. John Conyers, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee said the appointment was "certainly appropriate."

The leaders of the Senate Intelligence Commitee, Republican Sen. Richard Burr and Democratic Sen. Mark Warner released a joint statement: