What is a special prosecutor?



2017-05-15T13:17:14.349Z
2017-05-15T13:17:14.349Z

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Following the firing of FBI Director James Comey by President Donald Trump, Democrats and others have been calling for a "special prosector" to be assigned. What is a special prosecutor and what do they do?

A special prosecutor is a lawyer assigned to investigate - and potentially prosecute - in cases of suspected wrongdoing where a conflict of interest means the prosector that might normally handle such an investigation may have a conflict of interest (such as being a position where they would be investigating or prosecuting someone senior to them).

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