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Independent Counsel Provisions: An Overview of the Operation of the Law

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Publication Date: March 1998

Publisher(s): Library of Congress. Congressional Research Service

Series: 98-283

Topic: Justice (Legal procedure)


This report provides a brief overview and "walk through" of the statutory mechanisms of the independent counsel law, including the role in the independent counsel process of the Attorney General of the United States, and the special three-judge panel of the United States Court of Appeals. The current independent counsel law has a five year "sunset," and will expire in June of 1999.