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With the continuing revelations about questionable Democratic fund-raising, there are mounting calls for an independent prosecutor. Such prosecutors, by law, are named when specific allegations of crimes are made against top administration officials. So far, Attorney General Janet Reno says the independent counsel statute has not been triggered.



Appoint A Counsel Now, If Ever

By Viet D. Dinh

To those who believe, as I do, that the independent counsel law offends the constitutional division of power among the three branches, there is much irony in the debate whether to appoint an independent counsel to investigate possible illegal fund-raising during the 1996 presidential campaign. The arguments against such appointment are nothing more than arguments against the independent counsel statute itself.

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Reno Is Right

By Katy Harriger

Attorney General Janet Reno is right in refusing to request appointment of an independent counsel to investigate the allegations related to Democratic fund-raising for the 1996 election. Her actions are supported by both the letter and the spirit of the independent counsel law. Furthermore, there are good policy reasons for refusing to request appointment at this time.

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This edition of Counterpoint was posted March 27, 1997. The opinions expressed here are solely those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect the view of AllPolitics.


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