Provisions addressing terminating the appointment of a Special Counsel

In May 2017 Acting Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein appointed Robert S. Mueller III, a former Director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as Special Counsel pursuant to the authority set out in 28 CFR 600. Mr. Mueller serves at the pleasure of Acting Attorney General.Periodically there has been speculation in the media concerning possible efforts to terminate the Special Counsel from the position. With respect to the removal of a Special Counsel, 28 CFR 600.7(d) provides as follows:(d) The Special Counsel may be disciplined or removed from office only by the personal action of the Attorney General [or, in the instant situation, Acting Attorney General Rosenstein or his successor, if any]. The Attorney General may remove a Special Counsel for misconduct, dereliction of duty, incapacity, conflict of interest, or for other good cause, including violation of Departmental policies. The Attorney General shall inform the Special Counsel in writing of the specific reason for his…

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