DETROIT -- A federal judge in Detroit may need to find someone else to oversee a compensation fund for victims of defective Takata airbags after the initial choice, former FBI Director Robert Mueller, was appointed last week to head an investigation of Russian interference in the 2016 presidential election.
Mueller was selected in April to be "special master" of the nearly $1 billion Takata fund. The appointment had not been finalized as of last week, when Deputy U.S. Attorney General Rod Rosenstein chose Mueller as special counsel for the Russia probe.
Mueller's role with the Takata fund is under review, a spokesman for the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan said Friday.
Mueller already has resigned from law firm WilmerHale, where he had worked since 2014, the Justice Department said.
He had been tasked with distributing $850 million set aside for automakers that purchased faulty airbags from Takata and $125 million for consumers affected by them. U.S. District Judge George Steeh selected Mueller over Ken Feinberg, who ran the General Motors compensation fund for victims of defective ignition switches.
Mueller helped lead settlement of litigation in the U.S. stemming from Volkswagen AG's diesel emissions violations. He was FBI director from 2001 through 2013. His successor, James Comey, was fired this month by President Donald Trump.