Previous Independent Counsels

All Things Considered host Robert Siegel talks with NPR's Nina Totenberg about past independent counsels, and whether the Democrats are justified in complaining that not enough exculpatory material was included in the Starr report. She says the House has not had to use previous independent counsel reports in possible impeachment proceedings because the other reports were on lower-ranking officials, not a president — so there's no direct parallel. Also, those reports were provided to Congress only after the independent counsel had decided to recommend no prosecution, or after any prosecution was complete.



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