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RUMINT: Chris Christie as "Special Prosecutor?" (Independent Counsel)


UPDATED 11:51 AM See Bottom) The Clinton e-mail scandal, whether the Clinton Foundation and its Clinton Global Initiative were actually "pay-to-play" bribery schemes and a PEDOPHILE NETWORK called "PizzaGate" . . . are matters Chris Christie as "SPECIAL PROSECUTOR" may investigate.

After meeting with President Trump for lunch on Tuesday, New Jersey Governor (and former US Attorney) Chris Christie is to be back in Washington today.  Reports say" Christie will be appointed as SPECIAL PROSECUTOR to look into the matters mentioned above, and determine if prosecutions are necessary.


UPDATE 11:51 AM EST --

A special prosecutor generally is a lawyer from outside the government appointed by the attorney general or, in the United States, by Congress to investigate a government official for misconduct while in office. A reasoning for such an appointment is that the governmental branch or agency may have political connections to those it might be asked to investigate. Inherently, this creates a conflict of interest and a solution is to have someone from outside the department lead the investigation.

The term "special prosecutor" may have a variety of meanings from one country to the next, from one government branch to the next within the same country, and within different agencies within each government branch. Critics of the use of special prosecutors argue that these investigators act as a "fourth branch" to the government because they are not subject to limitations in spending, nor do they have deadlines to meet.



Attorneys carrying out special prosecutor functions in either federal or state courts of the United States are typically appointed ad hoc with representation limited to one case or a delineated series of cases that implicate compelling governmental interests, such as: Fraud (SEC, Complex, Cybercrime, Mortgages), Public Corruption, Money Laundering & Asset Forfeiture, Civil Rights, Racketeering Across State lines, Environmental Protection, National Security, Tax & Bankruptcy, Organized Crime, or International cases where the US is a party).see, USDOJ (SDNY) website. 


Federal appointment

Special prosecutors in courts of the United States may either be appointed formally by one of the three branches of government in a criminal proceeding, or when dictated by federal law or regulation, or informally in civil proceedings, and also by one of the three branches of government, or by a non-governmental entity to prosecute alleged unlawful conduct by government agents. When appointed by the judicial branch to investigate and, if justified, seek indictments in a particular judicial branch case, the attorney is called special prosecutor. When appointed/hired particularly by a governmental branch or agency to investigate alleged misconduct within that branch or agency, the attorney is called independent counsel. 

When appointed/hired by the state or political subdivision to assist in a particular judicial branch case when the public interest so requires, the attorney is called special counsel. When appointed/hired by an organization, corporation, person or other non-governmental entity to investigate and, if justified, seek indictments against one or more government officials for acts committed under color of law, the attorney may be called special counsel or special prosecutor, but not independent counsel.

On January 3, 1983, the United States federal government substituted the term independent counsel for special prosecutor. Archibald Cox was one of the most notable special prosecutors. However, special prosecutor Archibald Cox today would be called independent counsel Archibald Cox in the United States.

During his recent confirmation hearings in the US Senate, now Attorney-General Jeff Sessions made clear he would recuse himself from any investigation of Hillary Clinton.  Now that Mr. Sessions is Attorney General, he is reportedly seeking to appoint someone to stand-in for him in the Clinton email scandal and Clinton Foundation "pay-to-play" Bribery investigation.

 So if Chris Christie is appointed to investigate the Clinton email scandal, the Clinton Foundation and its Clinton Global Initiative or the PEDOPHILE NETWORK called "Pizzagate" then he would be called "Independent Counsel Chris Christie."


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