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The Case for a Special Counsel to Investigate Trump-Russia Ties Is a Slam Dunk
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The Case for a Special Counsel to Investigate Trump-Russia Ties Is a Slam Dunk

Author Ken Gude argues that there are extraordinary circumstances that go beyond the remarkable nature of the underlying allegation of potential collusion with a hostile foreign power to steal an election.

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  • Ken Gude

There has never been a clearer case for the appointment of a special counsel than there is for the investigation of potential collusion by Trump campaign officials in Russia’s covert influence operation targeting the 2016 U.S. presidential election. In fact, Department of Justice regulations require the appointment of a special counsel if an investigation would present a conflict of interest for the Justice Department or if other extraordinary circumstances warrant such an appointment.

After just eight weeks in office, President Donald Trump’s norm-busting administration has repeatedly demonstrated that it simply cannot be trusted to investigate itself on anything, let alone a matter as fundamental to our democracy as the integrity of a presidential election. The American people need a special counsel.

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Ken Gude

Senior Fellow