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):
- "The difference between Richard Nixon and John Travolta, plus other things to know about Trump, Comey and special prosecutors." (Los Angeles Times)
- "How a Special Counsel Alters the Russia Investigation." (New York Times)
- "Expired Independent-Counsel Law Leaves More Power with Justice Department; Deputy Attorney General has More Control Over Possible Special Prosecutor since Three-Judge Panels Ended in 1999." (Wall Street Journal)
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