special prosecutor

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 Wed, 02/14/2018 - 17:14

Trump still doesn’t believe Russia meddled in the 2016 election

Donald Trump still sides with Vladimir Putin over his own intelligence officials.
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The New York Times Tue, 02/13/2018 - 03:52

Opinion | Is Trump Working On a Different Kind of ‘Massacre’?

From The New York Times Opinion Section: President Trump may have learned from Nixon and his Saturday Night Massacre that purges are best done slowly.
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The New York Times Sun, 02/11/2018 - 18:40

Opinion | Trump Shows Us the Way

From The New York Times Opinion Section: "We don’t want a president who bends over backward to give the benefit of the doubt to neo-Nazis, wife beaters, pedophiles and sexual predators — or who is a sexual predator himself. We don’t want a president who thinks #me is more important...
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Washington Post Sat, 02/10/2018 - 05:19

Analysis | The number three person at Justice is resigning. Here’s how that affects Mueller.

A look at the chain of command in the Justice Department.
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Washington Post Fri, 02/09/2018 - 17:06

Analysis | Nixon fired the man investigating him. Will Trump?

Woodward and Bernstein: Are we watching the lead-up to another Saturday Night Massacre?
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New York Magazine Wed, 02/07/2018 - 21:21

Frank Rich: The GOP Has Become the Anti-Law Enforcement Party

It's stunning that the party which routinely trashed the Democrats for championing “criminals’ rights” is now, at its highest levels, vilifying the FBI and the Department of Justice.
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