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Former FBI Director Robert Mueller will lead an independent investigation into the NFL’s handling of Ray Rice’s suspension for domestic violence, the league announced Wednesday.

The NFL said the investigation would be overseen by NFL owners Art Rooney of the Pittsburgh Steelers and John Mara of the New York Giants. The announcement was posted as breaking news on the NFL’s website.

The NFL also said the results of the probe would be made public.

{mosads}Lawmakers have criticized the league for initially only suspending Rice for two games, after surveillance video from an Atlantic City, N.J., hotel showed him dragging his unconscious fiancée from an elevator.

Rice acknowledged he had punched the woman, who later married him, but he did not receive a heavier punishment from the NFL until Monday, when a new video showing the knockout punch from the elevator emerged.

NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has insisted the league didn’t see that video, but an AP story on Wednesday referred to an audio tape that appeared to show the league was aware of the tape.

On the audio recording, a woman at the NFL’s office is heard acknowledging the video and saying, “You’re right, it’s terrible.”

The NFL’s handling of the issue has led to questions about whether Goodell will survive the episode.

Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.) told The Hill on Tuesday that Goodell should seriously “consider” resigning.

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