What's so "special" about a special counsel?

We just heard a few hours ago that the U.S. Deputy Attorney General has appointed former FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III to serve as Special Counsel to oversee the previously-confirmed FBI investigation of Russian government efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election and related matters.  

Here's a link to a copy of Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein's order from May 17, 2017.  

The order refers to sections 600.4 through 600.10 of Title 28 of the Code of Federal Regulations as "applicable to the Special Counsel."  You can check those out for yourself here.  

And finally - here are some good articles discussing the term "special counsel" in the context of today's news stories (library card required if not in the library):  

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Written by Frank on May 18, 2017


Keri Earl on May 18, 2017


Frank this is glorious! And the links make it so easy.