The Power and Limits of Special Counsels

Event The Constitution
Event The Constitution

October 9, 2018 The Power and Limits of Special Counsels

Preserve the Constituion

Tuesday, Oct 9, 2018

12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

The Heritage Foundation

214 Massachusett Ave NE
Washington, DC


Much controversy and mystery surrounds the use of special counsels. The term “special counsel” is a derivation of earlier roles, that all had the same goal: Removing the potential for a conflict of interest between the administration and an investigation by appointing an independent individual to conduct the investigation. What was referred to as the “Special Prosecutor” in Nixon’s Watergate era, was replaced by the “Independent Counsel” in the 1980s, and finally the “Special Counsel” of today’s Russia investigation. With the Mueller Investigation well into its second year, now is a good time to review the history and use of this independent investigatory and prosecutorial tool. Are special counsels constitutional? Are there limits to their authority? How should we protect against investigations straying too far from their original scope? Join us for a discussion with three expert panelists, including two former Independent Counsels, as we answer these questions, and more.