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Prosecuting the President: How Special Prosecutors Hold Presidents Accountable and Protect the Rule of Law

Andrew Coan

Abstract

The first special prosecutor was appointed by President Ulysses S. Grant in 1875. Ever since, presidents of both parties have appointed special prosecutors and empowered them to operate with unusual independence. In short order, such appointments became a standard method for neutralizing political scandals and demonstrating the president’s commitment to the rule of law. This long, mostly forgotten history shows that special prosecutors can do much to protect the rule of law under the right circumstances. It also shows that they are fallible. Many have been thwarted by the formidable challenges ... More

Keywords: Special Prosecutor, Special Counsel, Independent Counsel, Rule of Law, Executive Power, Presidential Power, Watergate, Whiskey Ring, Trump, Robert Mueller

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780190943868
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2019 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190943868.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrew Coan, author
Professor of Law, University of Arizona