Thursday, May 18, 2017

Robert Mueller's Mandate is Narrow - Congress still has a role to play

The news of the appointment of Robert Mueller is good.  But his is a criminal investigation: not a commission.  He will not issue a report.  He will not describe the scope of Russian interference. that requires Congress to investigate and report.
- gwc

(b) The Special Counsel is authorized to conduct the investigation confirmed by then-FBI Director James B. Comey in testimony before the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence on March 20, 2017, including:(i) any links and/or coordination between the Russian government and individuals associated with the campaign of President Donald Trump; and(ii) any matters that arose or may arise directly from the investigation; and(iii) any other matters within the scope of 28 C.F.R. § 600.4(a).(c) If the Special Counsel believes it is necessary and appropriate, the Special Counsel is authorized to prosecute federal crimes arising from the investigation of these matters. (d) Sections 600.4 through 600. l 0 of Title 28 of the Code of Federal Regulations are applicable to the Special Counsel.

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