Type: Disdain for Rule of LawJun 04 2018 Severity: Targeted: Robert Mueller
& Rod RosensteinAbout: FBI
Donald Trump proclaimed that the "Special Counsel is totally UNCONSTITUTIONAL! [sic]" even though the law that lays out when a special counsel can be appointed explicitly states otherwise.
The law states that "[t]he Attorney General, or in cases in which the Attorney General is recused, the Acting Attorney General, will appoint a Special Counsel when he or she determines that criminal investigation of a person or matter is warranted and—
(a) That investigation or prosecution of that person or matter by a United States Attorney's Office or litigating Division of the Department of Justice would present a conflict of interest for the Department or other extraordinary circumstances; and
(b) That under the circumstances, it would be in the public interest to appoint an outside Special Counsel to assume responsibility for the matter."