The president shouldn’t hold his breath for the court to have any serious objections to the special counsel’s appointment.
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Is Whitaker’s appointment constitutional? Does the president have authority in this case to make an appointment under the FVRA? Does Whitaker have any recusal obligations related to the special counsel’s investigation?
Jeff Sessions’s Firing, Matthew Whitaker’s Rise and the Attorney General’s Role In the Mueller Investigation
The acting attorney general’s past statements about the Russia probe raise genuine concerns about his service overseeing it.
Back in 2002, I published a book entitled Starr: A Reassessment, which took a nuanced look at the history of Kenneth Starr’s service as independent counsel. The book focused on Starr’s understanding of his role under the now-defunct independent counsel law, specifically his ambitious understanding of that role not as a traditional prosecutor but as a kind of truth commissioner.
Roger Stone associate Andrew Miller has filed his brief before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit challenging Special Counsel Robert Mueller's authority to subpoena him. The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia issued a contempt order against Miller in August 2018 for his refusal to comply with the subpoena, which Miller is now appealing. The brief is available in full below.
Andrew Miller Brief Challenging Special Counsel's Authority
The defense team for George Papadopoulos, who pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI in connection with L'Affaire Russe last October, has released a sentencing memo ahead of Papadopoulos's sentencing hearing on Sept. 7. His attorneys describe Papadopoulos as an eager and curious "young energy policy guru" who was "out of his depth" when dealing with the Trump campaign and individuals linked to the Russian government. The sentencing memo can be read in full below.
What Michael Cohen’s Plea and Paul Manafort’s Conviction Mean for Trump and the Mueller Investigation
Seven questions about national security and the way forward in the wake of Tuesday’s events.
On Monday, Judge Dabney Friedrich of the the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ruled against a motion challenging the constitutionality of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s appointment. The full order is below:
When Special Counsel Robert Mueller indicted 12 Russian intelligence agents on the eve of the Helsinki summit, former attorney general Michael Mukasey smelled a rat. Writing in the Wall Street Journal, Mukasey contends that Mueller had in mind to embarrass President Trump or limit his room to maneuver in the one-on-one meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin.
Some presidential behavior that may not consist of discrete crimes is still within range of the serious “abuse or violation” of public trust that justifies discussion of impeachment.