The Presidential Investigation Education Project

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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.


ACS/CREW Analysis: DOJ’s Inspector General Report: Myths and Facts on Russia Inquiry Origins, December 10, 2019.

ACS Analysis: The impeachment inquiry into President Trump

The ACS-CREW Presidential Investigation Education Project 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.

ACS/CREW Analysis:  Stark Contrasts Between the Mueller Report and Attorney General Barr's Summary

The actual text of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report tells a very different story than what was in summaries produced by Attorney General William Barr in letters to Congress and in a press conference prior to the report’s release. A comparison of the report and Barr’s statements shows that Barr downplayed Mueller’s findings about Russian contacts with Trump campaign associates as well as the damning evidence of the president’s obstruction of justice that Mueller assembled.

For a review of primary project reports and op-eds, find our resource page here. 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 Kristin Amerling, For press questions please contact Wil Lutz, or Jordan Libowitz,


Impediments to Trump Firing the Special Counsel

Legality and Effects of Attempts to Fire the Special Counsel ACS-CREW Report: Why Trump Can't (Easily) Remove Mueller and What Happens If He Tries – December 6, 2017 ACSblog: Why Trump Can’t (Easily) Remove Mueller—and What Happens If He Tries Could President Trump Fire Robert Mueller? He May Try But It Won’t Be Easy, USA Today. ACSblog: If […]

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Possible Federal and State Crimes

Obstruction of Justice, Money Laundering, Campaign Finance, and more Obstruction of Justice The Brookings Institution Report: Presidential Obstruction of Justice: The Case of Donald J. Trump The Brookings Institution Blog: Did President Trump Obstruct Justice? After Comey Firing, Congress Must Stand Up to Trump, USA Today The Criminal President?, The New York Times Comey's Case for Obstruction of Justice, The […]

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Pardon Power

Overview of Pardon Powers ACS-CREW Report: Why President Trump Can’t Pardon His Way Out of the Special Counsel and Cohen Investigations by Caroline Fredrickson, Noah Bookbinder, and Norm Eisen, May 10, 2018 ACS Event: Pardon the Disruption: The Reach, Limits and Effect of Executive Clemency, October 25, 2017   Prosecutions May Continue After Pardons ACSblog: The President's Pardon […]

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