Ex-FBI Chief to Investigate Handling of Ray Rice Case
Independent inquiry to be overseen by 2 NFL owners
By Arden Dier,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 11, 2014 7:19 AM CDT
In this Jan. 9, 2011, file photo, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III speaks in Tucson, Ariz.   (AP Photo/Matt York, File)
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(Newser) – Former FBI Director Robert Mueller will conduct an "independent" inquiry into the NFL's handling of the Ray Rice case, the league has announced. The move comes after a source said the NFL had the tape of Rice knocking out his then-fiancee five months before it expelled him from the league when the video became public on Monday. The NFL says Mueller, who served as FBI chief from 2001 to 2013, will have access to all league records and the cooperation of all personnel, USA Today reports. The investigation will be overseen by NFL owners John Mara of the New York Giants and Art Rooney of the Pittsburgh Steelers, who ESPN reports are close advisers of NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell.

"None of the law enforcement entities we approached was permitted to provide any video or other investigatory material to us," Goodell said yesterday in a letter to club presidents, per USA Today. Meanwhile, the National Organization for Women is adding its voice to the calls for Goodell's resignation. "The NFL does not just have a Ray Rice problem, they have a violence against women problem," the organization's president said in a statement, asking that Goodell be replaced with a successor who will "appoint an independent investigator with full authority to gather factual data about domestic violence." Goodell has admitted the league blew it on domestic violence.