13 Apr, 2018
Special Counsels, Independent Counsels, and Special Prosecutors: Legal Authority and Limitations on Independent Executive Investigations [April 13, 2018]
Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service
Cole, Jared P.; Brown, Cynthia
"The Constitution vests Congress with the legislative power, which includes authority to establish federal agencies and conduct oversight of those entities. Criminal investigations and prosecutions, however, are generally regarded as core executive functions assigned to the executive branch. Because of the potential conflicts of interest that may arise when the executive branch investigates itself, there have often been calls for criminal investigations by prosecutors with independence from the executive branch. In response, Congress and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) have used both statutory and regulatory mechanisms to establish a process for such inquiries. These frameworks have aimed to balance the competing goals of independence and accountability with respect to inquiries of executive branch officials."
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    Cole, Jared P.
    Brown, Cynthia
  • Publisher
    Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service
  • Report Number
    CRS Report for Congress, R45167
  • Date
    13 Apr, 2018
  • Copyright
    Public Domain
  • Retrieved From
    Via E-mail
  • Format
    pdf
  • Media Type
    application/pdf
  • Subjects
    Politics and government
    Law and justice
  • Resource Group
    Reports (CRS)

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