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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.

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