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Mueller report?and Trump-Russia investigation must push Congress to protect future special counsels


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SOURCE: https://www.nbcnews.com/think/opinion/mueller-report-trump-russia-investigation-must-push-congress-protect-future-ncna978601
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Indeed, given the Matthew Whitaker saga, Congress may want more generally to revisit the order of succession within the Department of Justice — and whether the president really does have the power to depart from the Justice Department-specific statute to name an acting attorney general.Finally, Congress should specify exactly which parts of the special counsel’s work should be reported to Congress — and, whenever possible, the public. Requiring that a redacted version of the special counsel’s report itself be provided to those members of Congress — and perhaps the rest of the body — would provide yet another mechanism for ensuring that a special counsel’s findings don’t just get swept under a rug.Strengthening a future special counsel before we know who he is or what he’s investigating would be an unusually forward-looking measure on Congress’s part.Many of these reforms have already been proposed — and are included within the Special Counsel Independence and Integrity Act, a bill that was reported out of the Republican-controlled Senate Judiciary Committee in April 2018 on a bipartisan, 14-7 vote.

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