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house Bill H.R. 47

Should a Special Counsel Be Appointed Whenever the President, Vice President, or Their Families is Under Investigation?

Argument in favor

When presidents, vice presidents, or their families come under legal scrutiny, these high-profile, high-stakes investigations need to be kept independent of undue influence. Appointing special counsels in these cases is the best way to ensure their integrity and it shouldn’t be up to the DOJ to appoint one.

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02/22/2019
My preference would be for it not to be the AG either as this is a political appointee as we’ve seen these last two years, but in order to restore trust in the government it should be mandatory for Special Counsel and a Special Prosecutor be assigned should the need arise. The AG should immediately recuse themselves from the process as a matter of propriety.
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02/22/2019
We have to be more vigilant about conflict of interest in our government officials. The current administration has been allowed to totally ignore brazen disregard for conflict of interest, transparency and commitment to the truth.
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Ryan's Opinion
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02/22/2019
No one is above the law in this country, especially those who are sworn to protect us.
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Argument opposed

This bill is a meaningless piece of political theater that won’t go anywhere. It’s also unnecessary, as the AG already has the power to appoint special counsels for executive branch investigations, in extraordinary circumstances, and in cases when it’d be in the public interest to have an outside counsel.

Miles's Opinion
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02/22/2019
It’ll be hilarious when there’s a Dem president & the special counsel investigates them for actual corruption. Special counsel isn’t accountable to anyone & can do anything. Mueller’s weaponized the DOJ for a couple years & if you deny that then I don’t know what to tell you, you clearly aren’t smart enough to see past the CNN gaslighting.
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02/22/2019
Special Counsels are far too subject to partisan abuse and political agendas, while lacking the knowledge, experience, and professional expertise of real law enforcement officials. High profile cases demand *higher* standards of ethics, professionalism, and integrity. The Mueller investigation has showcased the exact opposite with grandstanding, unethical witness tampering and intimidation, press leaks, and unprofessional behavior. The prosecution of a high government official MUST be above reproach and utterly professional to ever be accepted as anything but a political hit job and the current system utterly fails that basic standard.
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SneakyPete's Opinion
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02/22/2019
👎🏻the LEE House Bill H.R. 47 AKA the TRUMP Special Counsel Act 👎🏻 The name explains it all, “the TRUMP Special Counsel ACT” is nothing more than a vindictive Democrat Rep Lee (D-TX) taking her opportunity of having a day of “Shameful Glory” driven by the failing Pelosi leadership. It just goes to show that their hateful rhetoric will go to any extreme, to vent their obnoxious distaste for President Trump, Republicans, and Conservatives in general. We need in seeing efforts by the Democrats in maintaining more ethics, legality and transparency in their own Party FIRST. This House Bill H.R. 47 bill AKA the TRUMP Special Counsel Act — would require the Attorney General (AG) to appoint a special counsel when the investigation or prosecution of a person or matter would present a conflict of interest for the Dept. of Justice (DOJ), or when other extraordinary circumstances exist. “Extraordinary circumstances” would exist in any criminal investigation of the president or vice president, or their spouses or children. Such circumstances would also exist in any criminal investigation involving the activities of agents or entities under the control of a foreign state acting in coordination with agents associated with the president or vice president. This bill is a meaningless piece of political theater rambling that won’t go anywhere. It’s also unnecessary, as the AG already has the power to appoint special counsels for executive branch investigations, in extraordinary circumstances, and in cases when it’d be in the public interest to have an outside counsel. SneakyPete.......... 👎🏻👿👎🏻👿👎🏻. 2*22*19..........
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      house Committees
      Committee on the Judiciary
      Crime, Terrorism and Homeland Security
    IntroducedJanuary 3rd, 2019

What is House Bill H.R. 47?

This bill — known as the TRUMP Special Counsel Act — would require the Attorney General (AG) to appoint a special counsel when the investigation or prosecution of a person or matter would present a conflict of interest for the Dept. of Justice (DOJ), or when other extraordinary circumstances exist. “Extraordinary circumstances” would exist in any criminal investigation of the president or vice president, or their spouses or children. Such circumstances would also exist in any criminal investigation involving the activities of agents or entities under the control of a foreign state acting in coordination with agents associated with the president or vice president.

Once appointed, a special counsel’s jurisdiction would be established by the AG, who would be responsible for including a specific factual statement of the matter for the special counsel to investigate. The special counsel’s jurisdiction would include the authority to investigate and prosecute federal crimes committed with the intent to interfere with the investigation. To carry out their job, the special counsel would be able to exercise, within the scope of their jurisdiction, the full power and independent authority to exercise all investigative and prosecutorial functions of any U.S. Attorney.

The special counsel could request additional, appropriate DOJ employees to assist their investigation. If necessary, the special counsel could also request the hiring or assignment of additional personnel from outside DOJ.

At the conclusion of their work, the special counsel would be required to provide the AG with a confidential report explaining prosecution or declination decisions.

The bill’s full title is the Trusted, Reliable, Unquestioned Method of Procedure for Special Counsel Appointment, Limitations, and Powers Act of 2017.

Impact

DOJ; AG; appointment of a special counsel; and powers of a special counsel.

Cost of House Bill H.R. 47

A CBO cost estimate is unavailable.

More Information

In-DepthRep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) reintroduced this bill from the 115th Congress to uphold the rule of law during the Trump administration. In a statement on Facebook after introducing this bill last Congress, Rep. Jackson Lee wrote:

“The onslaught of scandals surrounding the Trump presidency have led our democracy to a crossing point. Will we uphold the rule of law or allow for the continued obstruction of justice by a chief executive who brazenly abuses his power? Americans need to know the truth about Russia's interference in our election and the collusion of Russian agents and Trump campaign officials. But following the president's abrupt dismissal of FBI Director James Comey and revelations Trump pressured Comey to drop the Flynn investigation, it is abundantly clear that an outside independent prosecutor is required to find the facts… It is my firm belief that only through a Special Counsel will the American people be able to trust the outcome of such a critically important investigation.”

The Houston Press’ Dianna Wray criticized this bill as a “meaningless gesture” that “plays well while accomplishing nothing.” Wray added that this bill is a “blatant move to try and jump on the anti-Trump bandwagon.”

This bill has had no cosponsors in either Congress it's been introduced in. 


Of NoteRep. Jackson Lee introduced this bill in response to President Trump’s dismissal of FBI Director James Comey and revelations that Trump pressured Comey to drop the investigation into Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn.

Rep. Jackson Lee has introduced other legislation protecting the special counsel. In August 2017, three months after introducing this bill, she introduced the Special Counsel Independence Protection Act to limit the removal of a special counsel.

Independent, or special, counsels are appointed to investigate executive branch officials. The existing federal code empowers the AG to determine when a special counsel is necessary. According to the Code of Federal Regulations, a special counsel shall be appointed when an investigation “would present a conflict of interest for the DOJ,” in “other extraordinary circumstances,” and when it “would be in the public interest” to have an outside counsel.


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TRUMP Special Counsel Act

Official Title

To create an alternative prosecutor for certain Federal offenses.

    My preference would be for it not to be the AG either as this is a political appointee as we’ve seen these last two years, but in order to restore trust in the government it should be mandatory for Special Counsel and a Special Prosecutor be assigned should the need arise. The AG should immediately recuse themselves from the process as a matter of propriety.
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    It’ll be hilarious when there’s a Dem president & the special counsel investigates them for actual corruption. Special counsel isn’t accountable to anyone & can do anything. Mueller’s weaponized the DOJ for a couple years & if you deny that then I don’t know what to tell you, you clearly aren’t smart enough to see past the CNN gaslighting.
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    We have to be more vigilant about conflict of interest in our government officials. The current administration has been allowed to totally ignore brazen disregard for conflict of interest, transparency and commitment to the truth.
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    No one is above the law in this country, especially those who are sworn to protect us.
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    I enjoyed reading some of those that voted NAY. The hole primos of oversight scares the holy Sh#t out of them. Why. Power and unchecked is Power abused. How can oversight no matter which party be a bad thing whether it’s defense Republicans it doesn’t matter. Power unchecked is Power abused. Transparency is key to a functional “ democracy “
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    Special Counsels are far too subject to partisan abuse and political agendas, while lacking the knowledge, experience, and professional expertise of real law enforcement officials. High profile cases demand *higher* standards of ethics, professionalism, and integrity. The Mueller investigation has showcased the exact opposite with grandstanding, unethical witness tampering and intimidation, press leaks, and unprofessional behavior. The prosecution of a high government official MUST be above reproach and utterly professional to ever be accepted as anything but a political hit job and the current system utterly fails that basic standard.
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    👎🏻the LEE House Bill H.R. 47 AKA the TRUMP Special Counsel Act 👎🏻 The name explains it all, “the TRUMP Special Counsel ACT” is nothing more than a vindictive Democrat Rep Lee (D-TX) taking her opportunity of having a day of “Shameful Glory” driven by the failing Pelosi leadership. It just goes to show that their hateful rhetoric will go to any extreme, to vent their obnoxious distaste for President Trump, Republicans, and Conservatives in general. We need in seeing efforts by the Democrats in maintaining more ethics, legality and transparency in their own Party FIRST. This House Bill H.R. 47 bill AKA the TRUMP Special Counsel Act — would require the Attorney General (AG) to appoint a special counsel when the investigation or prosecution of a person or matter would present a conflict of interest for the Dept. of Justice (DOJ), or when other extraordinary circumstances exist. “Extraordinary circumstances” would exist in any criminal investigation of the president or vice president, or their spouses or children. Such circumstances would also exist in any criminal investigation involving the activities of agents or entities under the control of a foreign state acting in coordination with agents associated with the president or vice president. This bill is a meaningless piece of political theater rambling that won’t go anywhere. It’s also unnecessary, as the AG already has the power to appoint special counsels for executive branch investigations, in extraordinary circumstances, and in cases when it’d be in the public interest to have an outside counsel. SneakyPete.......... 👎🏻👿👎🏻👿👎🏻. 2*22*19..........
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    The president and family may need to be investigated, base on mueller report. It’s not over until the old guy Sings. Which may be along time from now. This Pretty deep and Complex!
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    It’s is a sad thing when a individual can become a president that does not represent the best of this country like trump a individual with a history like his should have not even been able to run to start with he represents the worst in this country and appeals to the worst in this country one word can describe trump HATE in its many forms.. so yes I fully support investigations into such a vile person
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    When presidents, vice presidents, or their families come under legal scrutiny, these high-profile, high-stakes investigations need to be kept independent of undue influence. Appointing special counsels in these cases is the best way to ensure their integrity and it shouldn’t be up to the DOJ to appoint one.
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    The issues we are experiencing with relation to the current investigation of the Trump administration were not a problem during the Clinton or Nixon or Reagan Iran-Contra investigations because a law similar to this existed at those times. GOP legislators at some point, not sure exactly when, over the past twenty years or so allowed the legislation establishing a special counsel to expire. The current administration’s actions make it clear once again, since we didn’t learn our lessons from the previous years, that a law such as this needs to be an established law for the foreseeable future.
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    The special counsel investigation for both President Clinton and President Trump special counsel investigations had been a complete joke and should never have been started to begin with it’s a sad sad day when investigations like this can be started by a political party for the sake of trying to take down the President..... shame on the political hacks which started it
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    Thank you in advance for your strong opposition to H.R.47 introduced by the ineradicable moron Representative Shiela Jackson Lee. She is a poster child for why tigers often eat their young. Dear God in Heaven we need term limits on these dangerous idiots.
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    Special & independent!!!
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    The only way to know it was a fair and impartial investigation is to have a neutral party with no allegiances on either side running it.
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    Always to seek the truth
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    Why not?
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    Because the AG is a political appointment, and thus subject to pressure by the person/administration that appoints them; an independent counsel should be automatically assigned and mandatory. This will prevent any delays in the investigation once the accusation of wrongdoing has been levied. And diffuse any pressure the AG is under to neglect his duty to due process and the American people.
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    Why duplicate services?!?! The AG already has this authority!!! We do not need duplicate bigger government!!! Do you not remember why there was a Revolution in this country and how and why it was formed?!?!?!
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    Enough ripping off the taxpayers
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