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
The Sydney Morning Herald Sun, 05/28/2017 - 00:16

Jared Kushner's 'secret channel to Russia' is the biggest billow of smoke yet

Analysis: This is a damning piece of news for the White House caught under an avalanche of revelations about its dealings with Russia.
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New York Post Sat, 05/27/2017 - 19:01

White House reportedly considering appointing a legal team to police Trump's tweets

The commander-in-tweet may be getting some extra supervision.
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The Boston Globe Sat, 05/27/2017 - 17:20

Trump says his overseas trip was a 'home run,' but challenges await - The Boston Globe

President Donald J. Trump said his first trip abroad was a ‘‘home run,’’ even as he returns to waiting controversies at home.
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Chron.com from the Houston Chronicle Sat, 05/27/2017 - 13:07

Trump family member now a focus in Russia investigation

Now the investigation moves into the inner circle.
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news.com.au Sat, 05/27/2017 - 06:01

Trump’s son-in-law sought secret line to Moscow: report

These new claims mean the Russian scandal isn't going away for President Trump.
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Brisbane Times Sat, 05/27/2017 - 02:57

Is the right-wing populist monster dying?

#COMMENT: Has the right-wing populist movement started to run out of steam?
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Daily Mail Sat, 05/27/2017 - 01:01

Jared Kushner 'wanted secret communications channel with the Kremlin'

Jared Kushner 'wanted a secret communications channel between Trump's transition team and the Kremlin.'
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