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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...