ACS-CREW Presidential Investigation Education Project

The American Constitution Society (ACS) and Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW) are partnering to promote informed public evaluation of the investigations by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and others into Russian interference in the 2016 election and related matters. The joint effort is called the ACS-CREW Presidential Investigation Education Project. It includes developing and disseminating legal analysis of key issues that emerge as the inquiries unfold. The project also connects the press and members of the public with ACS and CREW experts and other legal scholars who are writing on these matters.
Below are links to recent writing concerning the investigations by experts associated with our two organizations and others; select relevant documents; recent news developments; and other events. If you have questions about any of these materials or would like to consult with our experts on unfolding events, please contact Linda Paris, [email protected] or Jordan Libowitz, [email protected].


Special Counsel Investigative Authority, Procedures, and Precedent
Need for a Legal Counsel
  • Time for a Special Counsel in the Russiagate Scandal, Politico.
Fallout From the Comey Dismissal
Why a Special Prosecutor is Essential?
Options if Violations Found


Impediments to Trump Firing the Special Counsel
Analysis of Different Approaches to Firing Mueller
​Rebuttal to Mueller Conflict-of-Interest Arguments
  • The White House May Claim Mueller Has Conflicts of Interest. Oh, the irony, The Washington Post
  • Conservatives introduce measure demanding Mueller's resignation, Politico.
Rebuttal to Arguments Mueller Exceeding Mandate

Options in the Event Mueller is Fired

Implications of Potentially Removing Sessions

Saturday Night Massacre
Questions for FBI Director Nominee Wray


Pardon Power
Granting Pardons Court Aid Prosecution
Implications of Arpaio Pardon


Possible Federal Crimes
Obstruction of Justice
Money Laundering
Campaign Finance
Tweets Pose Legal Risks
  • President Trump's Twitter Habit Puts Him Keystrokes Away From Breaking Laws, USA Today.
  • I Helped Prosecute Watergate. Comey's Statement is Sufficient Evidence for an Obstruction of Justice Case, The Washington Post.


Congressional Investigations and Precedents
Argument for Immunity for Flynn
Need for Congressional Oversight
How Congress and the Special Counsel Work in Parallel
Funding for Congressional Investigations
Guide to the Different Russia Investigations


Ethics Issues
Trump Shouldn't Pay Legal Fees
  • Trump Offer to Pay Russia Probe Legal Bills for Aides is a Terrible Idea, USA Today.
Ethics Issues Loom in Russia Investigation and Other Areas