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Do Americans think the Durham investigation (into the Clinton camp) was politically motivated?

We had some Qs here about the public opinion of investigations into Trump's camp, and we learned from those that Republicans think these investigations (and trials) were/are overwhelmingly politically ...
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What is gained by appointing a special counsel to oversee the Trump investigations? [duplicate]

A special counsel was named by the DOJ to take care of the Trump legal investigations. The goal of this is to help remove the investigation from politics. By naming a special counsel, the ...
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Why would Biden seeking re-election be a reason to appoint a special counsel for the Justice Department's Trump investigations?

On November 18, 2022, Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel to oversee the Justice Department's Trump investigations. Garland gave two reasons for this appointment: Trump's ...
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Why prosecute someone who has been promised a pardon?

I am specifically thinking of the McCloskey Couple who had their week of fame/infamy in the summer of this year. When circuit attorney Kim Gardner issued charges against them, Missouri Gov. said he ...
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Why did the new Ukrainian government fire Ruslan Riaboshapka?

Recently, Ukrainian Prosecutor General Ruslan Riaboshapka was sacked by the Ukrainian parliament in a no-confidence vote. By domestic anti-corruption activists (link) as well as international ...
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Can special prosecutor Dan Webb charge Jussie Smollet? [closed]

In a case that made political headlines, actor Jussie Smollett was charged with making false statements to Chicago police about a supposed hate crime he had experienced. But then the Illinois State ...
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How do special prosecutors leave their role?

In the US, how do special prosecutors leave their role? Are they appointed for a limited time, do they resign or get fired? I've looked at Mueller's appointment letter but it doesn't mention a ...
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Why didn't Mueller have to submit a report to Congress?

Ken Starr had to submit a report directly to Congress, pursuant to 28 USC 595 (c) Why didn't Mueller have to do this?
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Was the Walsh special counsel report (on the Iran Contra) released completely uncensored?

The Iran Contra affair was investigated by special counsel (actually "Independent Counsel" as it was called back then) Lawrence Walsh. I found his final report on archive.org but it's a bit too long ...
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Can a US president censor a special counsel report

Can a US president, by asserting executive privilege, national security interests, or through any other mechanism, censor or classify sections of a justice department document, such as the special ...
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Further indictments in special counsel Mueller's report

Robert Mueller has finished his report and turned it over to the AG. Multiple people were indicted over the course of this investigation. Now that it has concluded, is it a safe assumption that all ...
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How does the Mueller investigation compare with former investigations in terms of length of time, money spent, and indictments?

How does the Mueller investigation compare with former investigations, of a similar size and scope, in terms of length of time, money spent, and indictments brought? What are some of the extreme ...
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Can Matthew Whitaker legally change the budget for the Special Counsel Investigation at a whim?

Background According to 28 CFR 600.8, the budget of a Special Counsel investigation is handled as follows: (a)Budget. (1) A Special Counsel shall be provided all appropriate resources by ...
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Why do Special Counsels (and other similar offices) exist if investigations can be conducted by other clearer means?

Background I recently read an article about the Special Counsel regulations from Neal Katyal, and how it could be maintained in a scenario where it is stifled. That said, I know that other branches ...
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Are Romania's ruling coalition's gripes with the anti-corruption administration valid?

In Romania, the ruling coalition has convened large demonstrations decrying supposed over-reach or misconduct by the DNA - the national anti-corruption directorate. I've noticed claims such as: ...
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Is there any provision for Non-Disclosure for Congressmen demanding temporary documents of an ongoing investigation?

Context (highlight mine): But House Intelligence Committee Chairman Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), one of Trump’s leading allies on the Hill, privately urged Republican colleagues Tuesday to consider ...
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Did Juanita Broaddrick testify under oath against Bill Clinton?

Juanita Broaddrick is a woman who accused former President Bill Clinton of rape. But at one point she signed an affidavit saying that Clinton did not rape her, and then she later said that she ...
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Does a Presidential Pardon apply to other crimes which are uncovered during the investigation of the pardoned crime?

If the president pardons himself of one crime being investigated and then resigns, but is then later suspected of another crime from evidence found in the initial investigation, can he be prosecuted ...
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Who takes over oversight of the Russia investigation if Jeff Sessions resigns or is fired?

A few months ago, Attorney General Jeff Sessions recused himself from the FBI's Russia investigation, so Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein became the Acting Attorney General for purposes of the ...
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Do DOJ regulations prohibit a Special Counsel from indicting the President?

I have seen many news articles mentioning that the Department of Justice has long argued that it cannot indict a sitting President; instead the appropriate course of action is for the DOJ to present ...
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Who can fire the special counsel appointed by the Justice Department?

There have been unconfirmed speculations that Trump might fire Special Counsel Robert Mueller who was appointed to investigate “any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and ...
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Why are there separate investigations into Trump's alleged collusion with Russia?

It seems to me as if there are two separate and concurrent investigations into Trump's (and his presidential campaign team's) alleged collusion with Russia. One is run by the Senate Intelligence ...
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How much authority does a special counsel have?

The Justice Department has named former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III as special counsel to investigate any ties between the Trump administration and Russia. How much authority does the special ...
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