The Presidential Investigation Education Project


Digital Toolkit

Impediments to Firing the Special Counsel - Possible Federal and State Crimes

Pardon Power Congressional Investigations

Special Counsel Investigative Authority - Ethics Issues - Project Resources 

The 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.

Above 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 Kristin Amerling, [email protected]. For press questions please contact Linda Paris, [email protected] or Jordan Libowitz, [email protected].

Watch our December 12 briefing: Obstruction of Justice Law: Preventing Interference in Investigations featuring Kimberly E. Atkins, Norm Eisen, Barbara McQuade, Jed Shugerman, and Senator Sheldon Whitehouse.

In a joint ACS-CREW report, Why President Trump Can't Pardont His Way Out of the Special Counsel and Cohen Investigations, authors Noah Bookbinder, Norm Eisen, and Caroline Fredrickson explain the limits of the presidential pardon; it does not extend to state prosecution, nor does protect targets from federal or state civil litigation, nor does it prevent successive state prosecutions by way of double jeopardy. Furthermore, they conclude that an obstructive pardon would open the President to additional liabilities. Read more in the accompanying opinion piece published in The New York Times