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The Russia Connection

Counterintelligence Investigations and the Special Counsel’s Mandate: Part I

Most commentators have assumed that the scope of Robert Mueller's investigation will be governed by the 1999 regulation authorizing the appointment of a “Special Counsel” that was enacted in the wake of the lapse of the independent-counsel statute. But the counterintelligence investigation that Rosenstein appears to have intended to delegate to the Special Counsel is inconsistent with the criminal focus of that regulation.

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