special counsel

A special prosecutor (or special counsel or independent counsel) is a lawyer appointed to investigate and possibly prosecute a specific legal case of potential wrongdoing for which a conflict of interest exists for the usual prosecuting authority. For example, the investigation of an allegation against a sitting president or attorney-general might be handled by a special prosecutor rather than an ordinary prosecutor, who would otherwise be in the position of investigating their own boss. Investigations into others connected to the government but not in a position of direct authority over the prosecutor, such as cabinet secretaries or election campaigns, have also been handled by special prosecutors. The term is not specific to the United States, nor to the federal government. According to Harriger, the concept originates in state law: "state courts have traditionally appointed special prosecutors when the regular government attorney was disqualified from a case, whether for incapacitation or interest." While the most prominent special prosecutors have been those appointed since the 1870s to investigate presidents and those connected to them, the term can also be used to refer to any prosecutor appointed to avoid a conflict of interest or appearance thereof. For example, because district attorneys' offices work closely with police, some activists argue that cases of police misconduct at the state and local level should be handled by "special prosecutors". Wikipedia
New York Daily News Thu, 07/27/2017 - 09:00

Trump continues bashing Jeff Sessions, acting FBI chief

Trump is still knocking Jeff Sessions for not removing acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe.
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Tampa Bay Times Thu, 07/27/2017 - 06:17

Editorial: Trump assaults rule of law by attacking attorney general

Editorial: Sessions and members of Congress from both parties need to push back and call out these attacks before the president triggers a constitutional crisis.
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Newsday Thu, 07/27/2017 - 01:18

What is Donald Trump’s endgame? | Newsday

"By all accounts, Trump is raging within the White House. He will act. Congressional leadership should be considering all of this long and hard right now."
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Chron.com from the Houston Chronicle Wed, 07/26/2017 - 14:20

Trump bars transgender individuals from U.S. armed forces

BREAKING: Trump's announcement does not say what will happen to transgender people already in the military.
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